In Texas, the law distinguishes an act of violence as domestic violence when it is committed against a member of the family (by blood, marriage or adoption), a member of the household or the significant other of the offender (dating/boyfriend/girlfriend, non-gender specific). The two or more parties do not have to live together for the act to be considered domestic violence.
The trauma and psychological ramifications of domestic violence run deep. Because of the fear and self-doubt instilled by the abuser, seeking help and legal counsel, whether for divorce or protection, can be paralyzing. Our team of Austin domestic violence lawyers knows what strength it takes to reach out for help, and we are here to stand by you as you take your first steps toward freedom.
Warning Signs of Family Violence
To protect yourself, your children and your family, it is helpful to know the warning signs of potential domestic abuse.
Warning signs may include:
- Jealously and possessiveness
- Controlling behavior when it comes to wardrobe, money, activities, friends
- Rushing into a relationship
- Unrealistic expectations
- Blaming you for arguments and personal problems
- Cruelty to animals and/or children
- Destroying your property
- Name calling and/or humiliating
- Threatening or humiliating in public or private
- Unpredictable mood shifts, from love to hate and back again
Domestic abuse is a cycle of control, coercion, and violent outbursts, often followed by “good behavior” and apologies. These behaviors can include physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse. It can occur in any relationship regardless of economic status, social, racial, religious, or ethnic affiliation; anyone can be a victim.
We Are Your Austin Domestic Violence Lawyers
You are not alone. Resources for domestic violence victims do exist, including legal counsel, safe shelter and divorce options. Our Austin domestic violence attorneys want to help you break free and begin to rebuild your life with your family. When your relationship or that of your family is wrought with fear and violence, there are Texas laws to protect you and your loved ones.
Let our team help, call our offices today at (844) 451-1220 or contact us online to discuss what you can do to protect yourself.