The signs of domestic violence are not always visible, and many women don't even report that they are being abused. Today, Women are protected not just from their husband/ partner but also from anyone (male or female) in their family or their husband's family who abuses them physically, verbally, emotionally, sexually, or monetarily.
Any woman can file a domestic violence complaint and seek protection under the law, for herself and her child/children regardless of her religion or lat. If you have decided to visit the court for the issue, always keep in mind that you have a domestic relationship and have shared a household with the harasser. To have the domestic violence complaint registered one should always connect with the best lawyer for domestic violence/family matters.
Even a single act of violence can constitute domestic violence. No one should endure domestic violence for a prolonged period to go to court or seek help; every single act of violence constitutes domestic violence. To yield a positive outcome, the ideal approach is counselling or employing the best and experienced Domestic Violence lawyers.
The victim of the domestic violence or any witness of the offense on her behalf can file an FIR/Complaint under any local police officer or the protection officer or service provider, or directly to the Magistrate. The jurisdiction will be the place where either the victim resides or the accused or where the act of violence has been committed.
Who can file a complaint before the Magistrate under this Act?
A complaint under this Act can be filed before a Magistrate by an aggrieved person or protection officer or any other person on behalf of the aggrieved person. Our empaneled lawyers have an excellent knowledge of the law and related legal aspects about Domestic Violence.
Who is a protection officer? And where is his/her office in the district Head-quarters
The State Government appoints protection Officer. In the District Headquarter, the office of Protection Officer is usually in the same building which houses the Superintendent of Police's office.
Minors entitled to reliefs under this law?
Yes, as the term 'child' is defined under the law, minors will also be within the ambit of the definition of 'domestic relationship'. Section 2 (b) of the PWDVA defines a child as "any person below the age of eighteen years and includes any adopted, step, or foster child".