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620 W Division St
P.O. Box 1065
Arlington, TX 76004-1065

Phone: 817-459-5700

 
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Texas Law

The Texas Family Code defines Family Violence as:

71.004 "Family Violence"

(1) an act by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm, or

(2) abuse, as that term is defined by Sections 261.001(1)(C), (E), and (G) by a member of a family or household toward a child of the family or household.

71.003 "Family"

includes individuals related by consanguinity (blood) or affinity (marriage), as determined under sections 573.022 and 573.024, Government Code, individuals

  • who are former spouses of each other
  • individuals who are the biological parents of the same child, without regards to marriage
  • and foster child and foster parent, without regard to whether those individuals reside together

71.005 "Household"

means a unit composed of persons living together in the same dwelling, without regard to whether they are related to each other

71.006 "Member of Household"

includes a person who previously lived in a household

71.0021 "Dating Violence"

means an act by an individual that is against another individual
with whom that person has or has had a dating relationship and that
is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or
sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the
individual in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury,
assault, or sexual assault, but does not include defensive measures
to protect oneself.
               (b)  For purposes of this title, "dating relationship" means
a relationship between individuals who have or have had a
continuing relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.  The
existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on
consideration of:
                               (1)  the length of the relationship;                                          
                               (2)  the nature of the relationship;  and                                     
                               (3)  the frequency and type of interaction between the
persons involved in the relationship.
               (c)  A casual acquaintanceship or ordinary fraternization in
a business or social context does not constitute a "dating
relationship" under Subsection (b).

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