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Penalties increasing under proposed family violence bills

If four proposals make it through the Texas legislature, family violence offenders will face increased penalties, including mandatory incarceration. One of the bills proposes the creation of a domestic violence registry for repeat domestic violence offenders. Patterned after the Texas Sex Offender Registration Program, a third family violence conviction would include mandatory registration as a family violence offender.Under the provisions of one of the bills, a third domestic assault charge would be elevated to a second-degree felony. The bill also imposes a two-year minimum if a court sentences the offender to prison. Parole would not be available until the person served at least half the prison sentence.

Family violence murders up, domestic violence incidents down

The Austin Police Department reported eight murders related to family violence in 2012. This was two more than occurred in 2011. Statewide in Texas, 150 women died at the hands of their domestic partners in 2010 while the total number of domestic violence incidents throughout the state decreased from 2010 to 2011.A domestic violence conviction can have serious consequences for an individual. The penalties imposed by a judge at sentencing can be a period of incarceration in jail or state prison, fines and probation. A temporary restraining order or a protective order issued by a court can prevent a person from return home or being around other family members.

Self-proclaimed 'great father' arrested after family altercation

A Crockett, Texas, man chose the wrong T-shirt to wear when deputies from the Houston County Sheriff's Office came to arrest him on a family violence complaint. The mug shot taken at the suspect's booking shows him wearing a shirt emblazoned with the words "This is what a great father looks like."The arrest warrant was issued following allegations by the man's wife that he brandished a .22-caliber pistol during a domestic disturbance. There were no injuries reported. The suspect posted a $30,000 bond to obtain his release following the arrest.

Houston domestic incident ends as man fires shots at ambulance

Navigating the complex emotions of familial relationships can is often a very difficult task. This seems to be the case in a recent incident in Houston. After a 24-year-old man and his mother got into an argument, the situation escalated to the point where the man eventually used a fireman. Since the incident, the man has been dealt family violence charges.

Incidents of domestic violence linked to struggling economy

It's no surprise that the economic recession has affected Texas families in many ways. As individuals lose their jobs, financial assets or their homes, it is not hard to believe they are under a tremendous amount of pressure as they try to help support their family. A recent study suggests that cases of domestic violence can be directly linked to a struggling economy.

Baseball player avoids domestic violence charges

Many times Texas domestic violence reports are he-said, she-said scenarios, meaning that the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. Police who are called to the scene will make their own judgment as to the truth of the situation, sometimes even imposing another layer of complications for anyone who is accused of domestic violence.

Hefner's son pleads no contest to domestic violence charge

Relationships are often very complicated in nature. Sometimes when a Houston couple gets into a verbal confrontation, emotions run wild and the situation can very quickly escalate out of control. In these types of situations, even the most cool, collected people can act out of character, doing things they normally would never consider.

Houston cop accused of persistent domestic violence

Domestic violence cases are never simple. Marriage is a complex relationship, with many emotions connected to it. What begins as a minor verbal conflict can escalate into something much more serious when tempers flare. One Houston police officer is facing domestic assault charges, after his wife accused him of committing acts of aggression against her. Authorities are investigating the veracity of the woman's claims.

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