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Written by attorney Keith D. Becker

Understanding Texas domestic violence laws

Domestic violence is a serious continuing problem in Texas and throughout the nation. As FindLaw explains, Texas defines domestic violence as the use of force that results in unwanted offensive or provocative contact with the victim and/or causes bodily injury. Domestic violence also includes the threat of such conduct and is not limited to violence against a spouse or domestic partner. Victims also can include a family member, household member, past or current dating partner and foster children.

To prove a domestic violence case in Texas, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the alleged perpetrator intentionally or knowing committed the act(s) with which he or she is charged. When the act(s) resulted in bodily injury to the victim, the prosecutor also can present evidence to the court that the alleged perpetrator’s actions were reckless.

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