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Domestic Violence

Denton County Friends of the Family

24 Hour Crisis Line

940-382-7273 or 800-572-4031

"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

Denton County Friends of the Family

www.dcfof.org

24 Hour Crisis Line

940-382-7273 or 800-572-4031

Denton Outreach Office

4845 S I-35 E, Suite 200

Corinth, TX 76210

Phone: 940-387-5131

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