By Law Office of A. Oliver Hassibi
November 9, 2020
Many states refer to violence between family and household members, spouses and dating partners as domestic violence. In Texas, domestic violence is referred to as “family violence,” which also occurs between such individuals. According to the Texas Attorney General, this crime involves acts of threats of physical harm, assault and sexual assault. Other acts of family violence include:
Contrary to popular belief, however, family violence does not only account for physical violence. Although that is a common form of domestic violence, there are non-physical ways in which the crime of family violence can be committed. They include:
Control: Maintaining superiority over your partner can involve acts such as the following.
Emotional Abuse: Damaging a person’s self-esteem by exposing your partner’s insecurities and vulnerabilities. It can take the form of threats, manipulation, neglect, degradation and neglect.
Financial Abuse: Controlling a person’s financial freedom and independence by manipulating economic resources.
Sexual Abuse: Forcing nonconsensual sexual acts on your partner as well as establishing control over their sexual wellbeing.
Many times, those accused of domestic violence do not realize they committed such a crime. Since various acts can constitute domestic violence, it can be confusing to identify whether you are crossing the line or not.
False accusations of family violence are also common, as “victims” can lie about getting abused in spite of something unfavorable you may have done, such as asking for a divorce, spending an excessive amount of time with your friends and failing to help take care of your children. As an experienced Fort Worth domestic violence defense lawyer, I know what it takes to build an aggressive defense that helps get your charges reduced or dropped altogether.