Domestic incident report (DIR)1 is a report that is made on receiving a complaint of domestic violence from a woman. This report can be made by either a Protection Officer or a service provider. The DIR will contain details such as your name, age, details of the harasser, details of the incident of violence that happened, etc. To file a DIR, you can approach any of the following officers/persons:
A protection officer upon receiving a complaint has to fill the DIR and inform you of your legal rights under the law. You will also get a free copy of the DIR to keep with you. Afterwards, the protection officer will send the Domestic Incident Report and an application to the Court to start a case. The DIR will also be forwarded to the police station or Service Providers.
A service provider upon receiving a complaint has to fill the DIR and put you in touch with a Protection Officer or send it to the Court2. If you have been injured, a service provider will help you get a medical examination done and the report will be forwarded to the Protection Officer or police station. They also help you get in touch with shelter homes where you can stay away from the harasser.
If you cannot find a Protection Officer or a service provider, you can approach the nearest police station to file a complaint. The officers will put you in touch with a Protection Officer and give you the option of filing the following:
- FIR (First Information Report)
By filing a First Information Report, a criminal case can be initiated against the harasser. The police will give you the option of filing an FIR at any point if you want to pursue a criminal complaint3.
- DIR (Domestic Incident Report)
If you do not want to initiate criminal proceedings by filing an FIR then the police officer has to make a daily diary entry about the domestic violence you faced, and enter details per the DIR forwarded to the police by the PO. If such information is not available, the police will put you in touch with a Protection Officer to file a DIR and get this information for the daily diary.
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- Section 2(e), The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.
- Section 10 (2) (a), The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.
- Form I(8), Section 2(e), The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.