Against the Peace and Dignity of the State: Spousal Violence and Spousal Privilege Academic Article uri icon


  • Every indictment in Texas ends with the phrase, "[a]gainst the peace and dignity of the State." This phrase is in recognition of the fact that crimes are not purely personal matters between a defendant and a victim, but are offenses against society as a whole. By enacting changes to its spousal privilege statute, Texas has an opportunity to demonstrate that domestic violence offends the peace and dignity of the state.

published proceedings

  • Texas Wesleyan Law Review

author list (cited authors)

  • Seymore, M. L

complete list of authors

  • Seymore, Malinda L

publication date

  • October 1995