Reporting Domestic Violence
Domestic violence can be a traumatic situation for anyone who is involved. An adult who is a victim of domestic violence may suffer physical abuse or damage as well as emotional damage. A child who is exposed to domestic violence may have long-term developmental issues. In fact, just witnessing an act of violence can be as emotionally damaging for a child as actually being a victim of violence, according to researchers Robert J. Ackerman, Ph. D. and Susan E. Pickering.
Because of the devastating impact of domestic violence, there are protections in place for people who report domestic violence. The state of Texas encourages reporting of domestic violence. If you have witnessed an act of domestic violence, you should discuss your situation with an attorney. Please contact the Denton domestic violence lawyers of Alexander & Associates by calling 972-420-6560 today for a free consultation.
Protection for Witnesses of Domestic Violence
The state of Texas takes domestic violence charges extremely seriously. These actions can threaten the safety and health of an entire family, including their emotional wellbeing. Because of these potentially life-long damages, protection has been put in place for people who report witnessing domestic violence. The following protections are in place for people who report domestic violence offenses:
- A person who reports family violence is immune from civil liability
- A person who provides information regarding potential family violence is immune from civil liability
- A person who reports information in bad faith is not immune from civil liability
- A person who reports their own actions is not immune from civil liability
Domestic abuse cases are extremely serious and need to be reported so that justice can be served and families can be protected.
If you have been affected by an act of domestic violence, you need experienced legal counsel. Please contact the Denton domestic violence lawyers at Alexander & Associates by calling 972-420-6560 today to discuss your situation.
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