What is Domestic Violence?
The Texas Council on Family Violence reports that, in 2009 alone, more than 196,000 incidents of domestic (family) violence occurred. These, of course, are only the reported incidents, and due to many more people not reporting domestic violence, that number is likely much higher. Domestic violence has a fairly broad definition and can encompass a variety of actions towards others. In fact, any violent behavior expressed to a child, spouse, partner, family member, etc. might constitute domestic violence and can be grounds for seeking legal action, including separation or divorce.
Domestic Violence Examples
There are many different forms of domestic violence, all of which can be devastating and can be grounds for a person to file for a divorce or a restraining order. Some of the more common types of domestic violence include:
- Child Abuse
- Spousal Abuse
- Assault and Battery
- Spousal Rape / Sexual Assault
Unfortunately, these and other types of domestic abuse are perpetuated against people every day in both Texas and the U.S. While it is often very difficult to seek help in such a situation, as many people fear repercussions, there are many people and institutions ready to help those who are suffering through such a terrible situation.
At Alexander & Associates, our experienced lawyers have the knowledge and expertise to answer any of your questions about domestic violence. We can also help you find the best way to get out of an abusive situation, whether through divorce or other means. Call our office today at (972) 420-6560 to learn more about your options.