Domestic violence occurs when a family member, partner or ex-partner physically or psychologically tries to dominate the other. This includes physical assault such as hitting, pushing or shoving, sexual abuse and stalking. Most often, violence is between spouses who have children but may also include non-married intimate partners and cohabitants (people who live together or are dating).

Common Forms of Domestic Violence Include:

    • Domestic Abuse
    • Assault
    • Spousal Abuse
    • Violation of Protective Order
    • Child Abuse
    • Elder Abuse
    • Sexual Assault
    • Kidnapping


Being charged with any form of domestic violence is a very serious matter. Many cases of this type involve restraining orders, meaning you may have to leave your house and your family immediately — even if you own the house or pay the rent. In addition, a conviction or probated sentence that includes a finding of family violence will affect your right to possess a firearm.

If you or a loved one have been accused of domestic violence, contact an attorney who has experience defending against these types of charges. San Antonio domestic violence attorney, Tylden Shaeffer has over twenty-five years of legal experience and knows how to challenge the prosecution in these types of cases. It may even be possible to get counseling instead of jail time or even have your charges dropped altogether.