Texas law defines domestic violence as any violence occurring between members of the same household, same family (by blood, marriage or adoption) or between two people in a relationship (non-gender specific). You do not have to live with the offender for the abuse or violence to be considered domestic violence. When you are in a violent relationship, the psychological effects are long-lasting and can make it very difficult to leave, but you do not have to go it alone. There is protection for victims of domestic violence, including shelters, legal protection and financial resources.
Some of these resources include:
- Emergency shelter
- Advocacy services for welfare, disability services, child protection services (CPS) and employment protection
- Transitional housing
- Support groups
- Crisis services
Family Violence: Give Your Children a Chance for Peace
Growing up in an abusive home can cause lasting effects on your child. The cycle of domestic abuse must stop with you. Your children need you to get them out of the situation, for your own safety and theirs.
Children who witness abuse or experience physical abuse themselves are at risk for long-term psychological and physical effects, including:
- the ability to create and maintain healthy relationships;
- the possibility of becoming abusers themselves (perpetuating the cycle);
- mental health conditions such as poor self-esteem, depression or anxiety;
- higher risk for health problems such as diabetes and heart disease;
- acting-out in developmentally inappropriate ways, reverting to habits such as thumb sucking, difficulty sleeping alone and/or bed-wetting;
- isolation at school and/or from friends; and
- causing trouble at school, including getting into fights or disrupting class.
You Are Not Alone: Walters Gilbreath, PLLC Is Here to Help
The isolation victims of domestic violence feel is real, and it can make seeking help a daunting task. Often abusers threaten “worse” violence if they are reported or they make it seem like the violence was deserved. You do not have to fight this alone. Our team of Dallas domestic violence attorneys can help with legal counsel, including protection orders and divorce. Texas law provides protection orders for both temporary (up to 20 days) or general (up to 2 years) protection. Our team is well versed in domestic violence law and we are here to help you take the steps you need to regain your freedom.
Call us at (844) 451-1220 or contact us hereto take a stand against domestic violence.