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Domestic Violence or Abuse

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  • What is Domestic Violence?

    Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. Read More

    By:
    National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline

    Link to a national, external hotline that can help you identify abuse and offer resources that can help you if you or your family if you or someone you know is being abused or threatened. Read More

    By:
    The National Domestic Violence Hotline
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  • Local Domestic Violence Services and Crisis Centers

    Click here to find family violence centers and organizations that provide shelter and support services. Search by the type of services offered in each city on the health and human services website or search a directory of crisis centers by SALSA, a Sexual Assault Legal Services and Assistance program. Read More

    By:
    Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Advocates for Victims of Crime (AVOICE)

    2101 IH 35 South Suite 300 Austin, TX 78741
    888-343-4414
  • Protective Order Kit

    A protective order is a court order that can protect you from someone who has been violent or threatened to be violent. You can use this kit yourself to ask a court for a protective order. The kit contains information, step-by-step instructions, and court forms that you can use on your own. Please click the link above, or to the side, to access this kit. Read More

    By:
    Supreme Court Protective Order Taskforce
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    Spanish / Español
    Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
  • Myths and Facts About Domestic Violence

    Most people will report that they oppose "family violence". However, many of these same people have at least one misunderstanding about what the words "family violence" really mean. In response, the Texas Council on Family Violence has designed this tool to help everyday people better understand the facts about family violence. Read More

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid - Austin; Texas Council on Family Violence
  • Domestic Violence and Immigrant Women

    How does domestic violence affect immigrant women? What special challenges face immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence? Click the link above or to the side to find out. Read More

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid - Austin, Womenslaw.org, Texas Council on Family Violence, and the Texas Civil Rights Project VAWA program
  • Domestic Violence: Effects on Children

    Even when physical violence takes place only between two adult parents, the children suffer physically, emotionally and behaviorally. Read More

    By:
    Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Help for Domestic Violence Victims: Waiver of Utility Deposits

    If you have been a victim of family violence, you may be able to waive the deposits that are usually required to set up gas, electricity and telephone service in a new residence. Read More

    By:
    Texas Council on Family Violence
  • Child Support & Family Violence

    This website explains the process of obtaining child support through the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) in the case of family violence. Watch helpful videos about how the attorney general's office can help you stay safe if you are a domestic violence survivor. Read More

    By:
    Texas Council on Family Violence
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Legal Issues and the Rights of Victims of Sexual Assault

    This brochure gives a brief overview of the rights that the law gives to victims of sexual assault. Read More

    By:
    Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid; Austin Bar Foundation; MCASA Sexaul Assault Legal Institute