Chapter 71 of the Texas Family Code outlines the different family violence offenses depending on the circumstances. The key offenses are described in the following below.
Family violence, also known as domestic abuse or domestic violence, is the intentional act committed by one family member against another to cause physical harm, bodily injury, or assault on them. Family violence also includes any acts of sexual assault.
Under the Texas Family Code, a family member is somebody who is linked through blood or marriage. These include a past spouse, parents of the same child, foster parents, or stepparents
Dating violence is a deliberate act committed by a person against another person they are presently or were previously in a dating relationship. This deliberate act causes physical bodily injury to the person they are presently or previously in a dating relationship.
Family Violence Assault
An individual may be charged with family violence assault family under Texas Penal Code 22.01 if the individual deliberately, knowingly, or carelessly causes bodily harm to a family member, household member, or anyone they are in a romantic relationship with.
The Family Codes defines a household member as anyone who lives or has previously lived in the same home. This definition covers persons not related by blood, such as housemates.
Aggravated Family Violence Assault
An individual may be charged with aggravated family violence assault under Texas Penal Code 22.02 if they commit assault with a dangerous weapon against a family member.
An individual could also be charged with this offense if they inflict serious bodily injury to a family member, household member, or anyone with whom they are in a romantic relationship.
Violation of Protective Order
A violation of a protective order is defined in Section 25.07 of the Texas Penal Code as knowingly or wilfully breaching the provisions of a protection order taken out against an individual.
This includes speaking with the family member who obtained the protective order or visiting their home or place of work.
A protective order is a court order issued if a judge determines that family violence has happened and is likely to occur again. It is also known as a restraining order, protection against family violence, or protection order.
Injury to a Child
An individual may be charged with an injury to a child under Texas Penal Code section 22.04 if they deliberately, knowingly, carelessly, or with criminal negligence inflict physical damage or serious bodily injury to a child.