Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) describes physical or sexual violence or stalking by a current or former partner of the victim. IPV crime happens every day, and touches every ethnicity, income level, age, gender, religion and other demographic in Tarrant County. Currently, 1 in 3 women in Tarrant County will be affected be IPV at some point in her lifetime.
CDA Wilson has made it clear that combatting IPV is one of this office's highest priorities, working actively not only in the courtroom, but also in the community to assist survivors, educate our citizens and aggressively prosecute IPV offenders.
In the fall of 2016, Tarrant County Commissioners approved a new special unit designed to prosecuting felony IPV cases. This team consists of 5 full-time Assistant Criminal District Attorneys, 2 Investigators and a support staff member. Additionally, there is a Misdemeanor Court focused on the prosecution of lower-level domestic violence offenses, County Criminal Court No. 5.
Our Protective Order unit is also inextricably involved in assisting IPV survivors seeking protection from their abusers. A protective order is issued by a court with civil jurisdiction that orders an abusive person to refrain from committing family violence, threatening or harassing the victim, or going within a specified distance of their home or place of employment (or school/childcare facility of minor victims). Unlike a restraining order, which is enforceable only by civil contempt, a protective order is criminally enforceable and valid for up to two years. Violation of a protective order is a criminal offense and the Code of Criminal Procedure authorizes law enforcement officers to arrest violators without a warrant in some situations.
We will continue to partner with law enforcement, hospitals, schools, businesses, religious institutions and non-profits in an effort to break this tragic cycle of violence and eliminate the IPV epidemic from our community.
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