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Dallas Cowboys Rookie Faces Domestic Violence Investigation

After playing college football Ohio State, standout running back Ezekiel Elliott was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2016 NFL Draft. A couple months after the draft, in July, is when Elliot’s ex-girlfriend claims that he assaulted her.

Elliott’s accuser filed a police report with the Columbus, Ohio police department, where the assault allegedly occurred. According to the report filed, the police interviewed four witnesses, including one witness who was in the car where the assault supposedly took place. All of the witnesses told cops they didn’t see an assault. When contacted by the police, Elliot himself vehemently denied striking his accuser. In the end, Elliot wasn’t charged with a crime, as the city attorney’s office cited “conflicting and inconsistent information” from Elliot’s ex-girlfriend. However, the NFL is still investigating the incident as part of its domestic-violence policy, which could result in a suspension for Elliott. While Dallas Cowboys reportedly feel comfortable with Elliot’s story, a spokesman for the NFL declined to comment on their investigation.

Nobody should tolerate a physically, emotionally, or verbally abusive partner. If you have been the victim of abuse, the attorneys at Alexander & Associates can lend guidance and help you through this difficult time. Even though it can seem impossible to escape an abusive partner, there are many legal courses of action that are designed to help victims of abuse. To discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys, call (817) 756-4040.

Study: Domestic violence incidents increase in slow economy

A national survey into law enforcement agencies across the nation shows that there is a correlation between the increase in domestic violence calls and a slow economy.

According to survey officials, the survey looked into whether economy had an affect on law enforcement activity. Of the 700 law enforcement agencies that were asked, nearly 56 percent stated that the slow economy is causing the number of domestic violence cases to rise.

This is compared to a similar survey done in 2010 where only 40 percent of agencies stated the increase. Domestic violence cases are not filed separately by the FBI, and although overall crime has declined, police officers have stated that domestic violence calls have increased.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of domestic violence, you need representation on your side during this time that is committed to helping you fight for justice. Contact the Colleyville domestic violence lawyers of Alexander & Associates by calling 817-756-4040.

Handbags help victims of domestic violence

The Texas Advocacy Project has joined forces with the Travis County Sheriff’s  office and created the Handbags for Hope project in order to help those that have been the victims of Domestic violence.

In order for this project to work correctly, the organization needs donations of new or used handbags and the drive will begin Feb. 29 and end March 19. After collected, the bags will be filled with information on the domestic violence hotline number and other pamphlets that will help victims stay safe.

The program began 5 years ago and has collected more than 13,000 bags. After the purse drive, children will be able to pick up the donated bags and can gift them to their mothers for a Mother’s Day gift.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of domestic abuse, you need representation on your side that is committed to fighting for justice. Contact the Colleyville domestic violence lawyers of Alexander & Associates by calling  817-756-4040 today.

Hair salons being used to help victims of domestic violence

Domestic violence is a big problem throughout the country and officials in Austin are now looking for ways to help victims in these cases. Even unconventional means are being tested in order to try out new ways to help victims.

Now, officials are trying to reach out to salons in order to get victims to open up about the issues in their home. One problem that arises with domestic violence victims is that they fail to report the issues because they are afraid to go to authorities.

The Hope Alliance tries to combat this by enlisting salons to help spread the word of a safe community. Hair dressers are usually seen as friends and trusted confidants, so by spreading the word that victims should tell a doctor or another authoritative figure is a great way to spread the message.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of domestic violence, you need representation that will be able to help you through this difficult time. Contact the Colleyville domestic violence lawyers of Alexander & Associates by calling 817-756-4040  today in order to discuss your case.

San Francisco sheriff accused of domestic abuse

Recently elected San Francisco sheriff, Ross Mirkarimi, is facing allegations of domestic abuse.

According to reports, a neighbor called the police after Mirkarimi’s wife told her that her husband struck her on New Year’s Eve, leaving a bruise. The neighbor said that the woman suggested she had been abused for sometime.

Currently no charges have been filed against the longtime city supervisor, but an investigation is ongoing. Mirkarimi denies ever striking his wife and the couple says the allegations are a private, family matter. However, San Francisco residents, including journalists and domestic violence help organizations, are calling for Mirkarimi’s resignation.

If you have been the victim of domestic abuse, contact the Colleyville domestic violence lawyers of Alexander & Associates at 817-756-4040 today.

Seven shot and killed on Christmas day

Seven people were shot and killed on Christmas while they were in a Grapevine apartment. The apartment belonged to a woman that recently left her husband and lived there with her two children

According to investigators, one man dressed as Santa Claus went to the apartment and shot six people before turning the gun on himself. The four women and three men that were shot were all related by either marriage or blood. It is unknown at this time if the man dressed as Santa was with them while they opened presents or he arrived later.

The man dressed as Santa lives two miles from the apartment in the home the family formerly lived together.  At this time, the tragic incident looks like a domestic violence case, but police are still determining the timeline of the events.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragic shooting.

Residents in Tyler hold annual vigil for domestic violence victims

Residents in Tyler held a candlelight vigil in order to remember those who have been victims of domestic violence and to honor those who have stood up to put an end to it.

The vigil took place in downtown Tyler in order to remember the 142 people that were killed as a result of domestic violence situations in 2010 throughout the state of Texas.

Officials with the East Texas Crisis Center have said that domestic violence is not just physical abuse, but also mental and emotional abuse. Misconceptions of domestic violence are that it may not be a big deal, when in reality, it is a life- threatening issue.

Domestic violence may start off small and escalate to a more large scale issue. If the issue increases slowly over time, it can result in a very dangerous situation. The vigil is hosted in downtown Tyler so that all of the residents will see it and use it a as reminder that domestic violence is a serious issue that affects residents in their community.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of domestic violence, you need experienced representation on your side during this difficult time. Contact the Colleyville domestic violence lawyers of Alexander & Associates by calling 817-756-4040.