Study: Domestic violence increases in ‘sluggish economy’

A recent study was done on the number of domestic violence cases that occur in the U.S. and their relation to the slow economy.

According to police officials, the study surveyed nearly 700 different law enforcement agencies across the nation and found that 56 percent of them have noticed an increase in the number of domestic violence cases and the slow economy.

A study similar to this one was done in 2010 and results from this showed that 40 percent of law enforcement officials attributed a rise in domestic violence to the economy.

Overall crime was reported to be down in the FBI annual crime report, but there is not separate tracking for domestic violence and local police have stated that the number of calls reporting domestic violence have increased even if no charges have been filed.

If you or a loved one has been charged with domestic violence, this is a stressful and difficult time in your life. This is why you need representation on your side that can help you through this complicated process. Contact the Dallas domestic violence lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter by calling (214) 845-7007 today.

Deion Sander’s sued by wife, Pilar after claiming abuse

Pilar Sanders has now filed two lawsuits against husband, Deion Sanders alleging “emotional and physical abuse, mental distress, public humiliation and financial loss.”

The two lawsuits amount to nearly $200 million and she claims that she was the victim of abuse and that libelous claims were made against her repeatedly.

One of the lawsuits stems from an incident that occurred at their Prosper, Texas home in February. The alleged libelous claims come from posts that Deion posted onto Twitter about Pilar. The former Dallas Cowboy football player filed for divorce from Pilar in December.

If you or a loved one has been the charged with domestic violence, these charges can have a serious effect on your life. Contact the Dallas domestic violence lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter by calling (214) 845-7007 today and discussing your options.

Austin area schools participate in Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Six Austin area school districts are participating in Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month throughout the month of February.

The initiative is aiming to create awareness of teen dating violence in order to prevent it from occurring. The six districts include Pflugerville, Manor, Austin, Eanes, Del Valle, and Lake Travis.

Athletes at the districts will be wearing purple shoe laces at sporting events in order to draw attention to the campaign. Statistics show that nearly one in every five teens in a serious relationship have been hit by a partner.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a serious crime such as domestic violence, you need representation on your side that can help you through this stressful process step by step. Contact the Dallas domestic abuse lawyers of the law office of Mark T. Lassiter by calling (214) 845-7007 today.

Austin sees rise in domestic violence cases

Austin police have reported a rise in the number of domestic violence cases in the city, especially in homicide cases.

There were 79 homicide cases in Austin since January 2010, a family member, roommate or significant other was a suspect in 23 of the cases. In 2009, there were six homicides that were related to domestic violence.

The state of Texas is also noticing the increase in domestic violence related crimes. In 2010, the Texas Council on Family Violence reported that 142 fatalities were family violence related. This number has increased 28 percent since the year before.

Officials have stated that the increase could be financial pressures on a relationship and law enforcement officials reporting claims more frequently.

If you or a loved one has been charged of domestic violence, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Dallas domestic violence lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter by calling (214) 845-7007.

October is Domestic Violence Awarenes Month

Commissioners in East Texas proclaimed that October 2011 will be Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

There will be activities and programs set up that will work to improve the safety of those who have been the victims of domestic violence.

Domestic abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional,orĀ  psychological that violates a person’s humanity, security and dignity. Support services offered include crisis intervention, support and offering a safe place for victims to stay.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a serious crime such as domestic abuse, this can be a difficult time in your life. Contact the Dallas domestic abuse lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter by calling (214) 845-7007 today.

Law enforcement teams up to change domestic violence policy

South Texas law enforcement agencies are teaming up in order to try and change the policy of domestic violence cases.

It can take almost a year from when police respond to a domestic violence call to when the case makes it to court. During such a long period of time, people move and change their contact information and it becomes really hard to get in touch with the victims.

The police department in Corpus Christi along with the district attorney’s office are hoping that they can change this by having a counselor stay in touch with the victim and help them find the resources that they will need during this difficult time.

Also, a one-hour class on the cycle of abuse has become mandatory if a victim wants to drop the charges. This is done in order for the victim to make sure that they are making the right choice.

If you or a loved one has been charged with domestic violence, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Dallas domestic abuse lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter today by calling (214) 845-7007 today.

Dallas police officer arrested on domestic violence charges

A Dallas police officer was arrested last week on domestic violence charges after he was accused of hitting his girlfriend while she was holding their child.

The 26-year-old man was charged with family violence assault and family violence endangering a child after the incident occurred.

The incident began with a verbal argument outside of their apartment began and quickly escalated. The 27-year-old woman grabbed their baby in order to put him in the car to leave when the man allegedly slammed the car door on the woman’s leg.

She then grabbed the child and began to walk to the apartment and the man allegedly struck the back of her head and then grabbed both her arms and forced her onto the concrete steps. The incident is currently being investigated at this time.

 

UTPA officials alerted in domestic violence incident

Officials at the University of Texas Pan America alerted students after a man was seen near campus with an AK-47 after a nearby domestic violence dispute.

The incident occurred at an off campus apartment when their was an argument between a man and a woman. The man then grabbed his belongings and left the scene on foot. One of the items was an AK-47 that was in a case.

Police alerted students about this because they wanted them to be aware of an armed suspect nearby, but did not think that he was going to use the weapon. Officials wanted to talk to the man about the incident that was reported.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a serious crime such as domestic violence, contact the Dallas domestic violence lawyers of the law office of Mark T. Lassiter by calling (214) 845-7007 today.

Charges of domestic violence dropped against Dallas police officer

A 34-year-old Dallas Police officer has had charges of domestic violence dropped against him after the alleged victim retracted the claims through a written report.

The arrest occurred late on a Saturday night at an apartment complex when the victim claimed that the 11-year police veteran choked her.

The following Monday, the woman retracted the statement and because there were no witnesses, the charges were dropped. An investigation into the incident is currently underway and the officer has been placed on administrative leave as a result of this.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a serious crime, you need experienced representation on your side during this time. Contact the Dallas domestic abuse lawyers of the law office of Mark T. Lassiter by calling (214) 845-7007.

San Antonio panel discusses domestic violence issue

Legislators and a panel of activists are now discussing the issue of domestic violence after a recent number of fatalities that police believe are domestic violence related.

Some of the items that were discussed were the bills, House Bill 119 and Senate Bill 116, which are both being sponsored in the current legislative session.

If put into action the bills will expand a protective order that will make sure that all people that could harm a protected person are covered. Other bills that are receiving support are ones that promote a database for people that have been accussed of domestic violence.

If you or a loved one has been charged of a serious crime, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the domestic abuse defense lawyers Dallas of the law office of Mark T. Lassiter by calling (214) 845-7007 today.

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