Domestic Violence, also known as family violence, is relatively common in Texas. According to the Texas Council on Family Violence, about 1 in 3 Texans will become the victim of domestic violence at some point in their life.
While many people associate domestic violence with physical violence, it can also be emotional, mental, or financial in nature. Anyone can become the victim of domestic violence, although women are statistically more likely to be affected, and it does not mean you did anything wrong or deserve the treatment you received.
People who are victims of domestic violence may feel helpless or like they have no option but to stay with an abusive partner or family member. However, there are many alternatives that can help protect the safety of yourself, your children, and other family members.
If you find yourself in an abusive situation, it is important to know your legal rights and options, including:
1. Filing a protective order. A protective order protects you from someone who has harmed you or threatened to harm you. An attorney can help you file a protective order or emergency protective order.
2. Re-negotiating child custody. In the case of domestic violence, it is possible to re-work your custody agreement so that your children are not in danger. A family law attorney can help you make your case to the court.
3. Divorce. Although you don’t need to prove fault to get divorced in Texas, you can still file for an at-fault dirvorce on grounds such as cruelty if you have been the victim of domestic abuse.
If you are the victim of domestic violence or believe that you are in danger, it is important to prioritize your own safety and wellbeing and take the necessary legal steps to remove yourself from harm’s way. An experienced family law attorney can help you fight for your freedom and safety and protect your life and the lives of your loved ones.
At Sandoval Law Firm we understand the stress of dealing with divorce, child custody and domestic violence. Our firm consists of founding attorney Raul Sandoval Jr. and a dedicated support staff. Mr. Sandoval earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. Since that time, he has been practicing family law in the Austin area, as well as teaching seminars, classes and other forms of professional development.