What are Appointment of Protection Officers? What are the Duties and functions of Protection Officers? Section 8 and 9 of The Protection of women from Domestic Violence Act 2005

Appointment of Protection Officers and Duties and functions of Protection Officers are defined under section 8 and 9 of Domestic Violence Act 2005. Provisions under these sections are:

 

Section 8 of Domestic Violence Act "Appointment of Protection Officers"

1. The State Government shall, by notification, appoint such number of Protection Officers in each district as it may consider necessary and shall also notify the area or areas within which a Protection Officer shall exercise the powers and perform the duties conferred on him by or under this Act.


 

2. The Protection Officers shall as far as possible be women and shall possess such qualifications and experience as may be prescribed.
3. The terms and conditions of service of the Protection Officer and the other officers subordinate to him shall be such as may be prescribed.

 

Section 9 of Domestic Violence Act "Duties and functions of Protection Officers"

1. It shall be the duty of the Protection Officer-

a. to assist the Magistrate in the discharge of his functions under this Act;

b. to make a domestic incident report to the Magistrate, in such form and in such manner as may be prescribed, upon receipt of a complaint of domestic violence and forward copies thereof to the police officer in charge of the police station within the local limits of whose jurisdiction domestic violence is alleged to have been committed and to the service providers in that area;

c. to make an application in such form and in such manner as may be prescribed to the Magistrate, if the aggrieved person so desires, claiming relief for issuance of a protection order;

d. to ensure that the aggrieved person is provided legal aid under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 (39 of 1987) and make available free of cost the prescribed form in which a complaint is to be made;

e. to maintain a list of all service providers providing legal aid or counselling, shelter homes and medical facilities in a local area within the jurisdiction of the Magistrate;

f. to make available a safe shelter home, if the aggrieved person so requires and forward a copy of his report of having lodged the aggrieved person in a shelter home to the police station and the Magistrate having jurisdiction in the area where the shelter home is situated;

g. to get the aggrieved person medically examined, if she has sustained bodily injuries and forward a copy of the medical report to the police station and the Magistrate having jurisdiction in the area where the domestic violence is alleged to have been taken place;

h. to ensure that the order for monetary relief under section 20 is complied with and executed, in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974);

i. to perform such other duties as may be prescribed.

2. The Protection Officer shall be under the control and supervision of the Magistrate, and shall perform the duties imposed on him by the Magistrate and the Government by, or under, this Act.

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