Thanks to modern media, people have become increasingly, if not fully, aware of the existence of domestic violence and its impact on families here in Houston and throughout the rest of the U.S. Domestic violence is a global concern and it is often assumed that the victims are generally women, children and the elderly and that the abuser is male.
Houston residents may have seen recent news reports involving British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson. According to news reports, the writer and lifestyle celebrity, who is known across a wide range of media outlets dealing with food and cooking, was recently assaulted in a London restaurant by her businessman husband. Photos showed the two engaged in a dispute and the husband's hands around Lawson's throat. The two separated soon after the photos became public.
People involved in abusive relationships are sometimes reluctant to leave because of fear or because they believe their partners will change. With available technology, domestic violence can occur through online stalking or in more traditional ways. For Houston, Texas, residents, domestic violence can threaten the person's well-being. The effects of a complex family violence case can have long-lasting effects.