Texas

Domestic Violence (Protective Orders)

Legal Resources

  • 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
  • Interactive Protective Order Kit

    Click the following link to use an interactive program that will help you, step by step, fill out the forms required to obtain a protective order in Texas. Read More

    By:
    Texas Legal Services Center
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline

    Click the link above or to the right for information on a great hotline you can call if you find yourself dealing with issues involving domestic violence. Read More

    By:
    The National Domestic Violence Hotline
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    Korean / 한국어
    Arabic / العربية
    Spanish / Español
    Chinese / 中文
    Tagalog / Tagalog
    Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
    Russian / Русский
  • 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
  • Safety Planning and Domestic Violence

    Click this link for information on how to stay safe when dealing with issues involving domestic violence. Click the link above or to the right for more information. Read More

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid - Austin
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    Spanish / Español
    Chinese / 中文
    Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
  • Family Violence Centers and Organizations

    Click this link for a list of family violence centers and organizations that provide shelter, support services, as well as special services. Read More

    By:
    Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Myths and Facts About Domestic Violence

    Please click the link above or to the right for information on common myths associated with Family Violence. Read More

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid - Austin; Texas Council on Family Violence
  • A Legal Resource About Sexual Assault

    Click the link above or to the right for good and useful information on sexual assault put together by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault Read More

    By:
    Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
  • Certification of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence or Stalking Form and Information

    Click this link or above for information and a form concerning VAWA Housing Protections available to victims of domestic violence. Read More

    By:
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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    Spanish / Español
    Chinese / 中文
    Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
  • Domestic Violence and How it Affects Children

    When an abusive person hurts their partner, the children are also affected by the abuse. Please click the link above or to the side for more information. Read More

    By:
    Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Waiver of Electric and Telephone Service Deposit

    If you have been a victim of family violence, you may be able to receive a waiver of the deposit to help you establish electric and/or telephone service. In order to qualify, you must be able to establish that you have been a victim of family violence and have this letter filled out by one of the following: family violence center staff, treating medical personnel, law enforcement personnel, Office of the Attorney General, the local County or District Attorney's office, or your local legal aid office. Once the letter has been filled out, you must send the letter to the electric and/or telephone company you are applying for service with. Content Detail

    By:
    Texas Council on Family Violence
  • Waiver of Gas Service Deposit

    If you have been a victim of family violence, you may be able to receive a waiver of the deposit to help you establish gas service. In order to qualify, you must be able to establish that you have been a victim of family violence and have this letter filled out by family violence center staff, treating medical personnel, or law enforcement personnel. Once the letter has been filled out, you must deliver the signed original to the gas company you are applying for service with. Content Detail

    By:
    Texas Council on Family Violence
  • FREE Crisis Center Locator

    Click this link for a free crisis center locator. Simply put in your City or Zip Code and a directory of Crisis Centers will be displayed. Read More

    By:
    Sexual Assault Legal Services and Assistance - SALSA
  • CourtCall

    Telephonic and video court appearance service provider. Many Texas judges currently have scheduled time slots open for teleconferences and video conferences through CourtCall. Judges or courts who currently do not work with CourtCall may allow you to use the service anyway. CourtCall will also provide free telephonic equipment and phone lines to a court seeking to use their service but lacks the current capacity to do so. Read More

    By:
    TexasLawHelp.org
  • Legal Issues Facing Victims of Sexual Assault

    Click this link for a brief overview of the rights belonging to victims of sexual assault. Read More

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