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Trauma while Filing an FIR

“Hello there! I’m here to provide you with a bit of information on navigating trauma while filing a First Information Report. I would like to remind you that suggestions on this post should not be taken as medical advice, legal advice, therapy, etc. or as a one-size-fits-all approach.  Keep in mind that every individual’s journey of  experiencing and navigating through stress or trauma is distinctive because you are one of a kind and no person is truly like you!  Experiencing abuse in any form is NOT OKAY, but what you are experiencing as a result of abuse is valid.  Please know that healing is not a formula and is not for anyone else to define for you. You do you, and you follow all that you need to follow, to help yourself. If you need additional resources or just someone to talk to, feel free to reach out to Imaara Foundation."

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What does filing and FIR involve?

The first step in initiating proceedings against sexual violence is to start by filing a First Information Report (FIR) at the police station in the vicinity of either where the offence took place, or, where the person who faced the crime resides.

The FIR should contain every bit of information pertaining to the crime, in this case, sexual violence. It must be signed by the informant and the officer should record the FIR’s filing in a book maintained for this specific purpose. An informant is entitled to receive a copy of the FIR free of cost.

Can I file an FIR at anytime?

What happens once the FIR is filed?

What happens once the FIR is registered?

How can I track the status of my FIR?

What can I do if I am not able to access the progress of my complaint/FIR?

What are some trauma-inducing events that could occur during these stages?

How can I handle trauma during this phase?

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