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Preventing Family Violence
Please tell the Investigating Peace Officer:
  • If you, your child or any other household resident has been injured.
  • If you feel you are going to be in danger when the officer leaves or at a later time.

You have the right to ask the local law enforcement agency to file a criminal complaint against the person committing family violence; and APPLY to a court for an order to protect you (you should consult a legal aid office, a prosecuting attorney or a private attorney).

The Court can enter an order that:
  • The abuser not commit further acts of violence,
  • The abuser not threaten, harass or contact you at home,
  • Directs the abuser to leave your household,
  • Establishes temporary custody of children and directs the abuser not to interfere with the children or any property.

A violation of certain provisions of court-ordered protection is a criminal offense.

Notice to adult victims of family violence:
It is a crime for any person to cause you any physical injury or harm, even if that person is a member or former member of your family or household.

Resources for Victims of Abuse:

Battered Women's Shelter Hotline
210-733-8810

Children's Shelter
210-212-2500

Emergency Shelter for Men
210-226-2291

Adult & Child Protective Services
800-252-5400

Domestic Violence National Hotline
800-799-SAFE (7233)
800-787-3224  TTY

Bexar County District Attorney's Family Violence Unit
210-335-2865
Hotline Assistance for Victims of Family Violence:

Crime Victims Clearinghouse
800-848-4284

Family Violence Legal Line
800-374-HOPE (4673)

Legal Hotline for Texans (age 60+)
800-622-2520

National Domestic Violence Hotline
800-799-SAFE (7233)
800-787-3224  TTY

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
512-474-7190

Texas Council on Family Violence
800-525-1978

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