A domestic disturbance involving an Austin police officer and his wife resulted in the officer being terminated from his position on the force. Giving reasons for the firing, the chief of police cited two misdemeanor charges — assault with family violence and interfering with a call to emergency services.
The chief’s memo claims the officer wasn’t truthful with Hays County sheriff’s officials and internal affairs detectives, thereby violating the Austin department’s policies. The man’s wife apparently suffered injuries to her face, but the chief’s memo didn’t offer any more details about the domestic dispute.
Domestic violence is a complex issue that confounds many people. The general public opinion is that the abused partner should simply hire a family law attorney and leave the abuser. However, it isn’t always that simple.
In some cases, the abused partner is unable to gather enough funds to leave or support him- or herself after ending the relationship. The abused partner may also have a valid fear that further violence would occur if he or she were to leave. This is a particular concern when the abuser has access to weapons.
Further complicating issues of domestic violence is the fact that sometimes false allegations are made against one person in a relationship. Or a person may have really been victimized but never called police or documented the abuse. This failure to document can make for complications in court.
If you would like to learn more about family law issues, feel free to stop by our Austin family law site. Our firm handles a wide variety of issues related to divorce, child custody, child support, property division and mediation.
Source: Statesman.com, “Austin officer fired after domestic disturbance,” Patrick George, July 30, 2012