Domestic violence is an infringement of right to liberty and flagrant violation of human rights. In our civilized society house is considered most suitable and safest place to live with dignity and without fear. However, the reality is different and there are evidences of violation in the domestic sphere. Initially the issue of domestic violence was ignored on the ground of private matters but slowly and gradually law has intruded into the domestic relations to do corrective justice. Consequently, provisions in penal laws and family laws have been incorporated to combat the challenges of domestic violence. However, there is a gap in theory pertaining to dignified life to individuals in domestic relations and in actual family equations. There are multiple reasons for such situations i.e., patriarchal set up, lack of sensitivity, economic dependence etc.
This paper explores the issue of domestic violence in a comprehensive manner and includes Domestic Violence Act, 2005 in detail along with analysis of the decisions. Additionally, it also highlights the issue of gender-biased application of the said statutes.