Who Counts as “Family Members” in Domestic Violence Cases?
Relationship abuse is a major problem in the United States, and it is statistically the most common cause of injuries among women. Sadly, though, domestic violence can affect men and children as well. Fortunately, the law provides avenues for victims of domestic violence to leave abusive relationships and hold the perpetrators of abuse responsible for their unacceptable actions. However, these perpetrators must be defined as “family members” in order for this mistreatment to qualify as domestic abuse.
At Alexander & Associates, our experienced Colleyville domestic violence attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of our clients. If you are involved in or have left an abusive relationship, our firm may be able to help you take whatever legal action may be necessary. Contact us today at 817-756-4040 to learn more about your legal rights and options.
Subject Matter Jurisdiction for Domestic Violence
Charges of domestic violence are only applicable to certain types of relationships. This is what is known as the “subject matter jurisdiction” for domestic violence. Relationships that can qualify for domestic violence claims in the presence of abuse include:
- Current or former marriage partners
- Current or former household members
- People who have children together or are expecting a child
- Former or current romantic partners
If you are in one of these relationships with someone who has become abusive, the law views this as domestic violence and can provide you with a legal recourse.
If your spouse, partner, or a fellow member of your household is has committed an act of domestic violence, the Colleyville domestic violence lawyers of Alexander & Associates may be able to help you file the necessary charges and represent you in court. Contact our offices today at 817-756-4040 for more information about how we can help you.