Read DV Survivor Guide or https://docs.google.com/View?id=djh8gv9_0f8k87kdr and http://nyayayodha.blogspot.com/search/label/PWDVA%28DV%20Act%29 (for Domestic Violence Act cases).
With the recent Cr.PC amendment(notified/enforced in November 2010) arrests in 498a is going to be a lesser threat since as per this amendment a warrant from the court is required to arrest any accused(of crimes with less than 7 years of imprisonment). A notice of appearance would be issued by the police to the accused who should then co-operate with the investigation, so no more arbitrary arrests by police. See an RTI reply Ministry of Home Affairs confirming that this Cr.PC amendment has been notified and is effective from 1st November, 2010
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