When we think about domestic violence and abuse, we generally see women as the victim in a violent relationship. In fact, according to the NCADV, 1 in 4 women are physically abused by an intimate partner in their lifetime. However, anyone can experience domestic violence or family violence.
With COVID-19 continuing to rise and social distancing becoming the new normal, domestic violence cases are spiking among women and men in Williamson County. Yes—women can be charged with domestic violence too, despite the common misconception that only men can be accused.
Today’s statistics show that 1 in 9 men experience some sort of physical violence from a partner in their lifetime. Sadly, it is often overlooked because gender norms and societal expectations often keep men from reporting the abuse or pressing charges.
The most commonly charged family violence crime is domestic assault. According to the Texas Penal Code Section 22.01, you’re guilty of domestic assault if you intentionally, recklessly or knowingly:
- Inflict bodily harm.
- Threaten the victim with imminent bodily injury of some sort; or
- Make physical contact with the victim that could be viewed as offensive or provocative
Charges for domestic violence can range anywhere from a class A misdemeanor with up to $4,000 in fines and up to 1 year in jail, all the way up to a first degree felony with up to $10,000 in fines and anywhere from 5 to 99 years in prison.
If you have been charged with domestic violence in Williamson County, call the Law Office of Price & Wiggins, P.C. so we can review your case.