Women Shelter Homes (Dar-ul-Aman)

At first, Social Welfare Department established Dar-ul-Aman in all 8 divisional headquarters to give shelter to the women victims of violence. With time, awareness regarding the rights of women increased and they became more educated about their rights. Resultantly the need for the shelter homes in each district arose and the department spread the net of Dar-ul-Aman in all 36 districts of Punjab. These homes can accommodate 20 to 50 residents at a time.

Eligibility Criteria

Following women are eligible to enroll:

  • Women victims of violence including domestic violence, physical, psychological abuse, rape cases, vanni and sawara cases, forced marriages, emotional and economical abuse, etc. are admitted to these shelter homes
  • Female victims of violence having children are also accommodated

Admission Procedure

The process for admission is as follows:

  • Women referred by the court, voluntary agencies, press/media, social workers, community leaders, philanthropists, or any member of the advisory committee of Darul-Aman are admitted
  • Women can also directly get admission to Dar-ul-Aman
  • At the time of admission, the applicant has to fill up the admission form
  • The applicant has to appear for a medical checkup within 14 days of admission and also has to appear for the first psychological consultation


Dar-ul-Aman provides:

  • Protection and institutional care to all residents such as free boarding and lodging facilities including all the necessities of life
  • Free medico-legal aid
  • Psychological support such as counseling sessions
  • Religious, recreational, and vocational trainings
  • Basic education for the children of residents
  • Adult education

Departmental Guidelines

For improved functioning and management of Dar-ul-Aman, the department has taken various steps which include:

Monitoring and Evaluation System

The shelter home has a systematic monitoring and evaluation system. The system is run by Directorate General Social Welfare and Bait-ul-Maal, Lahore.                         

Following are the major tools of the system:

  • Action Planning Cycle (Template)
  • Mid-Term Evaluation
  • Final Evaluation
  • Monthly Progress Report
  • Resident Statistics
  • Health and Hygiene Forms
  • Service Provider Visit Forms