Who is a Protection Officer under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act?
A Protection Officer is a government officer designated or appointed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, who is entrusted with the duty of providing all kinds of support to the woman including helping her to approach the court, taking her to a shelter home if she needs shelter, taking her to a hospital if she needs medical help or helping her to access other government schemes to help women.
The woman can approach the Protection Officer to help her in approaching the court to protect her rights. Each time a woman is beaten and she approaches the Protection Officer, a Domestic Incident Report (DIR-Form I) is prepared. This provides proof of domestic violence. If the woman has gone directly to a private lawyer, then the lawyer will prepare a detailed application and also an application for interim reliefs. In such a case, there is no need to approach a protection officer and obtain a DIR