Texas Child Protection Law Bench Book

2023 version: As effective November 1, 2023


Domestic violence can be a common occurrence in child welfare cases. The following information, tools, and resources are designed to support judges' understanding of the complexities of domestic violence and to support informed decision making when these dynamics impact a child welfare case. Additionally, judges are encouraged to contact their local Family Violence Center to access opportunities for education and training. To determine which Family Violence Center serves a particular county, see a list of Texas counties and their centers by using this statewide chart. To learn more about a specific program, see Texas Council on Family Violence's service directory. For more support or assistance in identifying a local program, please contact the Texas Council on Family Violence directly.