Maybe you smell it on their breath or see it in their eyes. Maybe you have known for years. Either way co-parenting with someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol might be the hardest thing you will have to do. You will try to convince, beg and bargain for them to get clean but they won't change until they are ready. At some point the frustration turns into concern for your kids.
There are many things that need to happen before the problem of domestic violence can at least be reduced, and it requires that many parties work together. Law enforcement, the courts, politicians, local agencies, families, private charities, attorneys and judges need to all be involved in making the situation better.
The Texas Council of Family Violence blames the domestic violence problem in part on the tendency of Texans to excuse the violence for other reasons. Individuals in our state sometimes blame the victim or other circumstances for why the domestic violence occurs, and too often the perpetrator of the violence is let off of the hook.