[Trigger Warning: The following content contains information on domestic violence which some readers may find disturbing.]
While filing a domestic violence complaint, you might need additional support and help, which you can access by approaching the authorities listed below.
Support and Assistance
You can also approach the Protection Officer of your district, who provide you with support, by helping you obtain free legal aid, make a shelter home available to you, if required, direct you to appropriate service providers, etc.
NGOs,Civil Society Organizations, Service Providers
You can approach NGOs, civil society organizations or service providers to help you and provide you with support, such as providing legal aid, making you aware of your rights, getting you in touch with the concerned Protection Officer, etc. Depending on the organization, they may even provide you with shelter, employment opportunities and vocational training, counselling, etc. These services will likely be free of cost, depending on the type of organization you have approached.
Service providers also have the power to record a Domestic Incident Report themselves and forward it to the concerned Court or Protection Officer. They can also help you get a medical checkup, especially if you are injured and forward the medical report to the concerned Protection Officer or police station.
Some states provide handbooks for ASHA workers where you can find more information on forms on violence, where it can happen and how to file a complaint to seek protection against domestic violence. For example, see this handbook published for ASHA in Chattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Getting a Lawyer
You have the option of approaching a lawyer to help you navigate from the complaint stage to helping you go to Court. If you cannot afford a lawyer, you can approach the District Legal Service Authority in your district for free legal aid. See here to understand the procedure for applying for free legal aid. If you are unsure as to how to find it, you can ask for help from the Protection Officer, NGOs, service providers, etc.