Family Violence

What is Family Violence?

Under Chapter 5 of the Code of Criminal Procedure Family violence is defined as any act by one member of a family or household intended to physically harm another member, a serious threat of physical harm, the abuse of a child, or dating violence. Family violence does not include defensive measures to protect oneself.

Dating violence is defined as any act by an individual intended to physically harm another individual with whom that person has or has had a dating relationship, or a serious threat of physical harm. A dating relationship is defined as a relationship between individuals who have or have had a continuing relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.

The existence of such relationship shall be determined by considering the length of the relationship, the nature of the relationship, and the frequency and type of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. A casual relationship or ordinary fraternization in a business or social context does not constitute a dating relationship.
Family includes blood relatives or relatives by marriage, former spouses, parents (married or not) of the same child, foster parents and foster children, or any member or former member of a household (people living in the same house, related or not).

Abuse takes many forms:
Ridicule, intimidation, control
Isolation from family and friends
Pushing, kicking, slapping, shoving
Strangling or threatening with a weapon
Verbal attacks, name calling
Followed, harassed or spied on

Helpful Telephone Numbers:
Emergency: 911
One Safe Place: 817-916-4323
The Parenting Center: 817-665-4357
Safe Haven 24-hour HOTLINE: 1-877-701-7233
Women's Center: 817-927-4039
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE
Rape Crisis: 817-927-2737
Child Protective Services: 800-252-5400
All Church Home: 817-335-4673
Protective Orders: 817-884-1623
FWPD Victim Assistance: 817-392-4390
Legal Aid of North West Texas: 817-336-3943