The Issue of Domestic Violence

Texas is a state with a zero tolerance for domestic violence. Under Texas laws (Texas Family Code and Texas Code of Criminal Procedure), it is easy enough to get a protective order against a family member or live-in partner. All one has to do is to call the police and state that bodily harm has occurred to provide probably cause which will get the alleged perpetrator arrested. There is no need for any kind of proof other than a statement given to the police that one or another family member has been physically hurt or has experienced pain because of someone’s act. Why then has a 136 women been killed in 2008 as a result of domestic violence even after it had been reported?

Domestic violence is a crime, and as such there are degrees of severity that can classify any particular act from a class C misdemeanor up to a felony. According to the website of BB Law Group PLLC, it can be as simple as heated argument that includes threats of bodily harm as well as actual, physical contact. But it is also an intimate crime, and many victims are reluctant to take any action against a parent, spouse, sibling, child, close relative or a partner until there is an escalation that often leads to bodily injury, serious bodily injury, or death. Even then, it is not easy for domestic violence victims and other intimates to make the move to report the abuse. This is an issue of domestic violence that no law can address.

Perhaps one of the reasons that bolsters this false sense of loyalty is the no drop policy of Texas laws on domestic violence. Once domestic violence is reported, the public prosecutor will pursue the case to the end even if the victim does not wish to prosecute. But what most victims do not appreciate is that the laws are put in place to protect the weak and the vulnerable from the influence of an abusive family member or partner.