The Social Welfare Department (SWD) of the Punjab Province - which has a total population of 86 million - has dedicated a specific institution, the Dar-ul-Aman (DUA) i.e “House of Peace” in support of women, who are victims of violence. The DUA is a temporary shelter for women and their children who feel that their security is at stake or need an alternative residence as they are under threat. Women are usually admitted to a Dar-ul-Aman through court order or police. During recent years however, more women are being admitted on voluntary (own-will) basis.
Since 2007, Médecins du Monde (MdM) has assisted the Punjab Social Welfare authorities, partly by expanding the Dar-ul-Aman from eight to 34, partly to improve conditions in women's homes. This is done in close collaboration with professional networks and with a group of NGOs called the “Mumkin Alliance”, which works with battered women. More than 150 volunteers provide various services, such as medical care, legal assistance, crisis counselling and psychological help.
Danida is collaborating with MdM by providing financial support to three components: