Kottayam: Lack of awareness among women of provisions of `protection of women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005` was a major reason behind them falling victims to domestic violence, according to District Collector Mini Antony.
The purpose of the Act would be realised only when its benefits reached women at the grassroots level, she said, inaugurating observance of anti-domestic violence day here yesterday, organised by the social welfare board.
She said it was the responsibility of government bodies and other organisations to create awareness of the legislation.
Mini said most domestic violence victims do not speak out fearing it would destroy institutions of family and marriage and continue to wage a lone battle against social norms.
S Krishnakumar,Principal sub-judge said the Board should ensure laws relating to domestic cruelty were not misused.
Though post-independece legislations placed great stress on ensuring social welfare, many such welfare legislations have faced setbacks due to improper implementation, he added.