Frequently Asked Questions about Houston Domestic Violence

Image of a Law LibraryHaving dealt with domestic abuse cases for many years, I have compiled a list of some of the most common questions that my clients have asked me. However, if you would like assistance in getting answers to your own situation, please contact my law firm.

What is domestic violence?
How do I know if I am in an abusive relationship?
In Texas, can a family member be arrested for physically injuring another family member?
Does a family member have to be arrested in order for a restraining order to be obtained?

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence includes any form of behavior that involves physical or emotional coercion. The abuser uses physical and emotional manipulation in order to control their family or partner. Abuse can be considered any form of physical, emotional, sexual, economic, or psychological threat, which is used in order to influence the behavior of the family. The effect is frightening, intimidating, terrorizing and humiliating. The abused is often injured both physically and emotionally, leaving wounds and scars that can last a lifetime.


How do I know if I am in an abusive relationship?

If your partner or family member calls you names, insults, humiliates, punishes, controls, threatens or injures you in any way, you and your family may be in serious danger. You need the assistance of a legal professional experienced in domestic violence in order to protect you and your family from further harm. Please contact the Houston family violence lawyers at John K. Grubb & Associates to discuss your situation.


In Texas, can a family member be arrested for physically injuring another family member?

Yes, according to Texas state law, any form of physical injury, even if it is minor, may result in the arrest of the abuser. Even if the abuser threatens violence, they may be arrested in order to protect the safety of the abused family members. Even though the abuser may be arrested, the severity of the injury does affect the charge that may be brought against them.


Does a family member have to be arrested in order for a restraining order to be obtained?

No. A restraining order is issued by a civil court, so the abuser does not have to be in violation of any law. A restraining order is issued in order to protect the family from any form of abuse, even if that abuse may not be in direct violation of a specific Texas domestic abuse law. Houston restraining order lawyers will be able to help you obtain a restraining order which will protect the safety of your family.

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