Domestic violence is a serious continuing problem in Texas and throughout the nation. As FindLaw explains, Texas defines domestic violence as the use of force that results in unwanted offensive or provocative contact with the victim and/or causes bodily injury. Domestic violence also includes the threat of such conduct and is not limited to violence against a spouse or domestic partner. Victims also can include a family member, household member, past or current dating partner and foster children.
Texas residents who may have concerns about their safety or the safety of their children in domestic situations may understandably wonder about their options to protect themselves from harm. Many may have heard references to restraining orders but may not be familiar with exactly what types of orders are available or what they actually do.
Domestic violence continues to be problematic in many Texas homes, as well as other areas throughout the nation. As a parent, it can be extremely frightening when a violent situation erupts, especially if your children are present, and, therefore, at risk for potential danger. When police respond to such calls, they often have to make split-second decisions after quickly surveying a situation in order to determine how best to proceed to keep everyone safe. One of those decisions might lead to someone's arrest.
Victims of domestic violence typically feel trapped. Often, leaving an abuser is a difficult proposition. This is because an abuser can become especially dangerous when his or her control over the victim is threatened. And this is why if you are trying to escape from an abuser, you may want to obtain a restraining order from the court.
Ideally, your home should be where you feel protected and safe. But for victims of domestic violence, home can feel like a prison with no chance of escape. If your partner is abusive, you likely spend much of your time in fear of the next conflict; be it yelling and screaming or a physical altercation.