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October Is National Domestic Violence Month Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Designating a month is intended to draw attention to domestic violence and its consequences. Throughout the U.S., almost 25% of women and 14% of men have been the victims of abuse by a partner or another person who lives or once lived in their home.

Texas Law: Three Types of Domestic Violence

Under Texas law, there are three domestic violence crimes. They are:

1) domestic violence;

2) aggravated domestic assault;

3) Continuous violence against the family.

It is important to note that domestic violence covers acts and threats against a wide group of people who live in a domestic relation, or have been in one in the past. Spouses and children can suffer domestic violence, as can foster children, former dating partners, and other people who live in the home. People in the home can be related by blood, but they do not have to be blood relations to have the protection of the law.

Domestic Violence

The first, domestic violence, is defined as a act against a family or household member that will cause bodily injury or a threat that bodily injury is coming soon. This charge can also be brought against someone who causes provocative or offensive physical contact on purpose, such as poking someone repeatedly in the chest.

Aggravated Domestic Assault

The second, aggravated domestic assault, is defined as an act that causes bodily injury of a serious nature. Serious bodily harm includes, but is not limited to, an injury that requires hospital treatment or is disfiguring. Aggravated domestic assault can also be charged if a deadly weapon is used, either to inflict serious bodily harm or as a threat or provocation or offense.

Continuous Violence Against the Family

The third, continuous violence against the family, can occur if a person is convicted of two or more domestic assaults in 12 consecutive months.

Contact Us

Domestic violence is a serious crime, punishable by imprisonment, fines, or both. There are protections available to survivors, including protective orders. Our family law attorneys can help if you or a loved one is a survivor of domestic violence. For a free consultation, call us at 210-764-3468.

Resources

If you or a loved one has been the victim of domestic violence, the San Antonio area has numerous resources. Contact the following:

Aging and Disability Resource Center. Domestic Violence Shelters, http://bexar.tx.networkofcare.org/aging/services/subcategory.aspx?tax=BH-1800.1500-100

City of San Antonio, Domestic Violence: A Personal Safety Plan, https://www.sanantonio.gov/Court/Filing-Charges-And-Prosecution/Domestic-Violence/SafetyPlan

City of San Antonio, Defending Yourself Against Stalking, https://www.sanantonio.gov/Court/Filing-Charges-And-Prosecution/Domestic-Violence/Stalking

P.E.A.C.E (Putting an End to Abuse Through Community Efforts), http://www.thepeaceinitiative.net/

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