Protective or retraining orders can be used to prohibit a person from committing further family violence, stalking, harassing either directly or indirectly the victim, or coming near to the school or daycare center that the order-protected child is attending.
Help for Loved Ones Who are Victims of Domestic Violence
Victims of domestic violence or abuse often suffer in silence, fearing either retaliation from their abuser, or blame from others. Many victims feel trapped, with no safe place to go, and choose to stay and try to minimize the risk of further injury. They constantly seek ways to make it appear to the outside world that they are okay. There are telltale signs, though, that often cannot be masked. This blog post identifies many of the symptoms of domestic abuse, the cycle of violence that is typically a part of domestic violence, and the legal options victims have.
The Child Protective Services (CPS) division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) investigates allegations of child abuse and neglect. However, some CPS workers engage in intimidation, deception, and harassment in order to gain information and bully families they believe are uncooperative or question their authority. As a result, CPS has a reputation for "snatching" kids and targeting families in order to settle scores that have more to do with flexing CPS institutional muscle than with protecting children.
What, then, should you do if you are approached by CPS agents?
The term domestic violence covers a range of behaviors including: