Domestic violence is a serious issue that takes away the victim’s sense of security. Oftentimes, the victim thinks that things will change with time, but that isn’t always the case. Texas is ranked second in the nation for domestic violence incidents. Residents of Texas might be interested to learn about how serious these violent crimes truly are.

In Beaumont, there were 17 homicides in 2013. Of those, six were linked to family violence. Three were linked to domestic violence. A sergeant with the Beaumont Police Family Violence Unit says that the unit has already to responded to about 300 cases of domestic violence this year. She said that other cases probably aren’t reported.

Beaumont isn’t the only area having a problem with domestic violence. Jefferson County saw more than 4,700 cases of domestic abuse in 2012. Port Arthur saw about 950 cases. Orange County saw 380 cases. Hardin County reported 246 cases.

Domestic violence may start out subtly. One woman suffered from emotional and verbal abuse for seven years. She that her husband would go into a jealous frenzy about every three months. Each episode was worse than the previous episode. She left him, and she and her two children are now safe.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, you might have options available to you to help keep you protected from your attacker. An experienced family law attorney can provide information on restraining orders and permanent protective orders. In addition, he or she can help you learn more about how the Texas divorce process works, including child custody and asset division.

Source: Beaumont Enterprise, “Domestic violence responsible for nearly one-third of 2013 murders” Manuella Libardi, Mar. 03, 2014