State legislators are taking a stand against domestic violence. The House of Representatives passed H.B. 21, which will require individuals convicted three times or more of domestic violence to register as a repeat offender. The bill is similar to the current Texas Sex Offender Registration Program maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
"The hope is that it can be used as a resource for potential victims to see who's out there," Steven Garcia with Women's Protective Services said. "There may be some negative consequences out there as well, but hopefully it'll be a resource for the general population."
According to DPS, the total number of family violence incidents in Texas in 2011 was 177, 983. Of those, nearly 40 percent involved violence against a spouse.