Protecting Your Family's Future

Government Efforts to Reduce Domestic Violence by Giving Monies

It is being reported that the Justice Department is giving away over $2 million in grants to those affected by homicides from domestic violence. In an effort to reduce domestic violence, Vice President Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder have confirmed that 12 communities in 10 states are going to get these grants which are aimed to help programs that identify potential victims as well as monitor high-risk offenders. Even though domestic violence rates have decreased over the years, it is startling to note that three women are killed every day by a current or former boyfriend or husband.

In Texas, domestic violence is also known as Family violence and it is defined under 71.004 of the Texas Family Code. This means that Family Violence is: (1) an act by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, but does not include defensive measures to protect oneself; (2) abuse, as that term is defined by Sections 261.001(1)(C), (E), and (G) of this law, by a member of a family or household toward a child of the family or household; or (3) dating violence, as that term is defined by Section 71.0021. The Texas Family Code defines “family” in section 71.003 to mean: “individuals related by consanguinity or affinity, as determined under Sections 573.022 and 573.024, Government Code, individuals who are former spouses of each other, individuals who are the biological parents of the same child, without regard to marriage, and a foster child and foster parent, without regard to whether those individuals reside together.” This definition is very broad in order to maximize protection of individuals in an attempt to decrease the incidents of family violence. The medical profession defines family violence by three categories of abuse: Sexual, emotional and physical.

If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic violence, you may need a protective order to protect your safety. That is when a good experienced attorney is necessary to guide you along the way and give you the right advice. Stewart Law, PLLC will help you know your rights and advise you in these matters as they have over 8 years of experience in the area. For a consultation and initial assessment of your case, contact us online or call our office at (281) 420-8020, at a reduced fee of ($50).

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