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Legal Statutes: Texas

UPDATED July 20, 2016

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Chapter 71. Definitions

back to top71.004. Family Violence

“Family violence” means:

(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 that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, but does not include defensive measures to protect oneself;

(2) abuse, as that term is defined by Sections 261.001(1)(C), (E), (G), (H), (I), (J), and (K), by a member of a family or household toward a child of the family or household; or(3) dating violence, as that term is defined by Section 71.0021.

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 34, § 1, eff. May 5, 1997. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 91, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2015, 84th Leg., ch. 117 (S.B. 817), § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2015.