What is Family Violence?
Family violence can be defined as violent acts committed between family
members within a household. This can apply to dating partners as well.
A family member can be a related blood member, former spouse, people who
take care of the same child, or even a foster parent. A household basically
means that people are living together in the same house even if there
is no relation.
The Two Main Types of Family Violence
There are two types of family violence that are recognized by the court.
Physical violence- Any situation that threatens to cause bodily harm, does cause bodily
injury, or leads to any physical contact the other person may regard as offensive
Emotional violence- Includes intentional verbal threats, rejection, put-downs, isolation,
bullying, or fear mongering
Both forms of family violence have long-lasting emotional, psychological,
and even physical ramifications. If you or a loved one have been the victim
of either type of violence, you should speak to an Austin attorney immediately
to learn how you can be helped.
False Accusations of Violence
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a partner to make false or exaggerated
claims of family violence in order to gain a leg up in custody or
divorce proceedings. This should be taken very seriously as domestic violence
charges can have serious ramifications on your future. Contact an Austin
family violence lawyer today to discuss what can be done to reclaim your
Texas Family Code § 71.004
According to the Texas Family Code, dating or cohabitating partners, ex-spouses,
former partners, and current spouses all qualify for protection under
state law. If you or a loved one are the victim of family violence or
the victim of false allegations, our team of Austin attorneys has extensive
experience handling these cases.
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