Dealing with Domestic Violence: Legal Protections in Pakistan

Domestic violence is a pervasive issue in many societies around the globe, and Pakistan is no exception. The Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act, passed in various provinces of Pakistan, seeks to offer legal protections for victims of such violence.

Under the Act, domestic violence is not merely physical violence. It encompasses emotional, psychological, and sexual abuse, as well as economic harm inflicted on a person in a domestic relationship. The law provides for a wide range of reliefs, including protection orders, residence orders, and monetary orders.

The process to seek these reliefs involves making a complaint to the Protection Committee or directly filing an application in the Court. The Court, after hearing the parties, can grant temporary orders and, subsequently, a final order providing the necessary protections and reliefs.

Despite this legislative protection, there remain challenges. The victims, often due to social pressures and fear of retaliation, hesitate to invoke their rights under the law. Furthermore, the law’s enforcement also leaves much to be desired.

Advocate Faisal Iqbal Awan, a seasoned legal practitioner at MJF Law, has extensive experience in handling sensitive issues such as domestic violence. His expertise can guide you through the legal procedures, and his sensitive approach ensures you receive the support you need. If you are dealing with such issues, don’t hesitate to contact Advocate Faisal Iqbal Awan at

No one should have to endure domestic violence, and the law provides the necessary mechanisms to protect your rights. With the right legal guidance, you can navigate through the complexities of the law and ensure your safety and protection.

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