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What Is Relationship Violence

"Family Violence" is defined in the Texas Family Code (Section 71.004) as:

(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 the reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault or sexual assault, but does not included defensive measures to protect oneself; (2) Abuse by a member of a family or household toward a child of the family or household; or (3) Dating violence as defined by Section 71.0021.

"Dating Violence" is defined in the Texas Family Code (Section 71.0021) as:

(a) "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 the 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).

The Texas Council on Family Violence Define "battering" as:

A pattern of coercive control that one person exercises over another. Battering is a behavior that physically harm, arouses fear, prevents a woman from doing what she wishes or forces her to behave in ways she does not want. Battering includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse, and economic deprivation.


What is Relationship Violence?

Abuse is any behavior by intent or design, which results in actual or perceived harm toward another. Below is a list of different kinds of abuse and some examples of each.


PHYSICAL ABUSE

Physical Abuse is any use of size, strength, or presence to control or hurt someone.
Pushing, shoving
Backhanding
Biting
Choking
Standing or sitting on you
Banging your head on the wall
Grabbing
Attacking with a knife
Banging your head on the floor
Kicking
Slapping
Trying to hit you with a car
Pushing you out of a car
Pinning against the wall
Abuse of children
Burning
Hair pulling
Holding you against your will
Twisting arms
Carrying against your will
Attacking with a gun
Kneeing
Spanking

Use of size or presence
Standing in the doorway so you can’t leave
Clenching fist as if to hit
Taking money, checkbook, credit cards
Unplugging the phone

Physical use of objects
Throwing objects
Breaking car windshield
Slamming door
Tearing clothes
Driving recklessly
Sweeping things off table or dresser
Breaking personal items
Punching wall or door

SEXUAL ABUSE
Sexual Abuse is any use of sex to control or hurt someone.

Withholding sex
Forcing fantasies
Forcing you to watch porn
Pouting if denied sex
Forcing sex with others
Hitting while pregnant
Forcing sex
Not using condoms
Not allowing birth control

VERBAL ABUSE
Verbal Abuse is any use of words to control or hurt someone.

Yelling
Threats to kill
Being sarcastic
Threats to use violence
Accusations of affairs
Threats to hurt kids
Insults Name calling (bitch, stupid, etc.)

EMOTIONAL ABUSE
Emotional abuse is any use of emotions to control or hurt someone.

Threatening suicide
Denying phone use
Intense jealousy
Saying no one else would want you
Questioning money use
Threatening divorce
Preventing you from seeing family
Insulting your friends
Criticizing your looks
Threatening to harm self
Having affairs
Blowing money on drugs
Coming home high or drunk
Not keeping a job
Preventing you from going to school
Preventing you from working
Laughing at you
Following you
Questioning your activities
Checking up on her


What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual Violence is primarily a crime of power and control. It can impact all people, regardless of age, ethnicity, race or economic status. Although younger women represent the majority ofvictims, not all young women are at equal risk for sexual violence. Additional, there are other populations with high rates of sexual victimization such as Native Americans, immigrants and the
elderly that are often voiceless in society and marginalized from medical, legal and social services.