In Texas, family violence occurs when one physically, emotionally or sexually abuses a family member. It is a form of domestic violence. Family violence affects people of regardless of age, ethnic background and economic status. Family violence typically affects woman, children and the elderly, but may affect men as well. In Texas, using violence against your family or a family member is viewed very harshly. Even if the victim wants to drop charges, you will still have to go to court and face a judge under Texas State law.