1. Sec. 91.001. DEFINITIONS. In this subtitle:
    1. (1) "Family violence" has the meaning assigned by Section 71.004.
    2. (2) "Medical professional" means a licensed doctor, nurse, physician assistant, or emergency medical technician.
    Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 34, Sec. 1, eff. May 5, 1997.
  1. Sec. 91.002. REPORTING BY WITNESSES ENCOURAGED. A person who witnesses family violence is encouraged to report the family violence to a local law enforcement agency.
  2. Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 34, Sec. 1, eff. May 5, 1997.
  1. Sec. 91.003. INFORMATION PROVIDED BY MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS. A medical professional who treats a person for injuries that the medical professional has reason to believe were caused by family violence shall:
    1. (1) immediately provide the person with information regarding the nearest family violence shelter center;
    2. (2) document in the person's medical file:
      1. (A) the fact that the person has received the information provided under Subdivision (1); and
      2. (B) the reasons for the medical professional's belief that the person's injuries were caused by family violence; and
    3. (3) give the person a written notice in substantially the following form, completed with the required information, in both English and Spanish:
    4. "It is a crime for any person to cause you any physical injury or harm even if that person is a member or former member of your family or household.
    5. "You may report family violence to a law enforcement officer by calling the following telephone numbers: _____________________________.
    6. "If you, your child, or any other household resident has been injured or if you feel you are going to be in danger after a law enforcement officer investigating family violence leaves your residence or at a later time, you have the right to:
  2. "Ask the local prosecutor to file a criminal complaint against the person committing family violence; and
  3. "Apply to a court for an order to protect you. You may want to consult with a legal aid office, a prosecuting attorney, or a private attorney. A court can enter an order that:
    1. "(1) prohibits the abuser from committing further acts of violence;
    2. "(2) prohibits the abuser from threatening, harassing, or contacting you at home;
    3. "(3) directs the abuser to leave your household; and
    4. "(4) establishes temporary custody of the children or any property.
    5. "A VIOLATION OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF COURT-ORDERED PROTECTION MAY BE A FELONY.
    6. "CALL THE FOLLOWING VIOLENCE SHELTERS OR SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS IF YOU NEED PROTECTION: _____________________________."
    Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 34, Sec. 1, eff. May 5, 1997.

"NOTICE TO ADULT VICTIMS OF FAMILY VIOLENCE

  1. Sec. 91.004. APPLICATION OF SUBTITLE. This subtitle does not affect a duty to report child abuse under Chapter 261.
  2. Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 34, Sec. 1, eff. May 5, 1997.

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