What is family violence? How is it defined?
Family Violence is 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.
It also includes child abuse as defined in the family code which include: (1) physical injury that results in substantial harm to the child, or the genuine threat of substantial harm from physical injury to the child, (2)sexual conduct harmful to a child’s mental, emotional, or physical welfare, (3) the current use by a person of a controlled substance, and (4) causing, expressly permitting, or encouraging a child to use a controlled substance.
How is a person protected from Family Violence?
The Family Code provides numerous protections from family violence. The most important and far reaching is a protective order.
What is a Protective Order?
A protective order is a Court order that is rendered when an Applicant (the victim of family violence) proves in a Court hearing that Family Violence has occurred and that it is likely to occur in the future. If a protective order is granted it may include orders that preclude the respondent from possession of the applicant’s children, exclude the Respondent from any joint residence, and preclude the Respondent from going near the Applicant’s home, place of business, or a child’s school.
What is Dating Violence?
Dating violence is an act of family violence committed against a party to a dating relationship. Importantly, it provides the protections of a Protective Order in circumstances where the parties have an intimate relationship, but do not live together.
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