Domestic relationships are relationships between a woman and a man living in a shared household. Domestic relationships can be through: ”
Marriage – such as wives, daughter-in-laws, sister-in-laws, widows etc. with other members of the family ” Blood relationships – such as mothers-sons, sisters-brothers, daughters-fathers, widows etc. ” Other relations – through adoption, relationships in the nature of marriage (including victims of legally invalid marriages, bigamous marriages etc.)
Civil Law – The system of law concerned with private relations between members of a community rather than criminal, military, or religious affairs.
A shared household is a household where the woman resides with the man in a domestic relationship. It can also mean the household where she has lived in a domestic relationship and from which she has been subsequently thrown out.
It does not matter that the shared household is not owned by either the woman or the man. This law applies even in cases where the house is on lease / license or rent or is part of a joint family property. All that has to be proved is that the woman lives or has lived with the perpetrator of violence in this home in a conjugal relationship; or in a familial relationship as described above.