Domestic Violence Laws And What To Do If You Are A Victim

Domestic violence is a serious, sensitive issue that touches so many people – but how to deal with it, when it happens to you? This blog covers the laws and what they entail, as well as what signs to look for in order to know if you're dealing with domestic violence.

What are the Laws for Domestic Violence?

If you are a victim of domestic violence, there are laws in place that may help protect you. Here is a list of the main Texas domestic conflict legal rules to help you: 

The Domestic Violence Act of 2000 (DVA) is a federal law that establishes definitions for domestic violence, provides for civil remedies, and strengthens criminal penalties for violators. 

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The DVA also creates the National Domestic Violence Hotline which is a 24/7 national hotline available to help victims of domestic violence. Many states have their own versions of the DVA, which may have different names but include similar provisions.

How to Recognize a Potential Situation:

When you are out with a friend or out at a social gathering and you feel like something is not right, it may be worth your time to take a step back and assess the situation. This can help you identify potential signs of abuse. Below are some of the signs:

  • One or both partners exhibit violent behavior without provocation.
  • One partner consistently puts the other down in front of others.
  • One partner excludes the other from decisions about their life or lifestyle.
  • One partner has a pattern of emotional withdrawal and avoids discussion of personal issues.
  • There is frequent arguing and screaming, along with threats and intimidation tactics used by one partner against the other.
  • There is a significant buildup of stress in the relationship over time, with little relief apparent on either side.