Texas Human Resources Code

Sec. § 51.002
Definitions


In this chapter:

(1)

“Family” has the meaning assigned by Section 71.003 (Family), Family Code.

(2)

“Family violence” means an act by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household that:

(A)

is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, or assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, or assault, but does not include defensive measures to protect oneself; or

(B)

is intended to inflict emotional harm, including an act of emotional abuse.

(3)

“Family violence center” includes a family violence shelter center and a family violence nonresidential center.

(4)

“Family violence nonresidential center” means a program that:

(A)

is operated by a public or private nonprofit organization; and

(B)

provides comprehensive nonresidential services to victims of family violence.

(5)

“Family violence shelter center” means a program that:

(A)

is operated by a public or private nonprofit organization; and

(B)

provides comprehensive residential and nonresidential services to victims of family violence.

(6)

“Family violence special project” means a project that:

(A)

is operated by a public or private nonprofit organization; and

(B)

provides at least one specialized family violence service.

(7)

“Household” has the meaning assigned by Section 71.005 (Household), Family Code.

(8)

“Member of a household” has the meaning assigned by Section 71.006 (Member of a Household), Family Code.

(9)

“Victim of family violence” means:

(A)

an adult member of a family or household who is subjected to an act of family violence; or

(B)

a member of the household of the adult described by Paragraph (A), other than the member of the household who commits the act of family violence, including an act of emotional abuse.
Added by Acts 1981, 67th Leg., p. 3313, ch. 867, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1981. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 636, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 561, Sec. 36, eff. Aug. 26, 1991; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 5.95(27), eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 6, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.
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