Nevada Family Law on Domestic Violence

Arguments between people with a deep-rooted domestic relationship can become intense when it comes to certain issues. When these arguments turn into physical altercations, Nevada family law on domestic violence provides victims with the option of obtaining a restraining order as protection from any subsequent attacks.

Seeking safety from abuse occurring in your own home often leaves victims feeling like they have no place to run. If there is a continuous threat of domestic violence, a court can order a temporary restraining order to protect a victim until a full protection order can be granted. This is a quick summary of family law on domestic violence in Nevada.

Keeping Abuser At Bay Through Nevada Family Law On Domestic Violence

The following table outlines the specifics of Nevada family law on domestic violence.

Code Sections

Nevada Revised Statutes §33.018: Acts Which Constitute Domestic Violence

What's Prohibited?

The crime of domestic violence occurs when a person commits an act of violence against:

  • The person's spouse or former spouse or any other person to whom the person is related by blood or marriage,

  • Any person with whom the person resides with,

  • Any person with whom the person has had or is having a dating relationship,

  • Any person with whom the person has a child in common,

  • The minor child of any of those persons,

  • The person's minor child or any other person who has been appointed the custodian or legal guardian for the person's minor child

Under Nevada family law, an act of violence includes the following:

  • Battery.

  • Assault.

  • Compelling the other person by force or threat of force to perform an act.

  • Sexual assault.

  • Knowing, purposeful or reckless course of conduct intended to harass the other person.

  • False imprisonment.

  • Unlawful entry of the other person's residence, or forcible entry against the other person's will.

Protection Order

Under Nevada family law on domestic violence, a protection order may:

  • Enjoin the abuser from threatening, physically injuring or harassing the victim, minor child, or animal owned/cared for by victim, either directly or through an agent;

  • Exclude the abuser from the applicant's place of residence;

  • Prohibit the abuser from entering the residence, school or place of employment of the applicant or minor child;

  • Grant temporary custody of the minor child to the victim; and

  • Order other relief the court deems necessary in an emergency situation.

Temporary Restraining Order

If it appears to the court that an act of domestic violence has occurred or there exists a threat of domestic violence, the court may grant a temporary or extended order to take effect until a hearing.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and are in immediate danger, call 911. If you have been served with a protective order and would like legal assistance, you can contact a Nevada criminal defense lawyer through FindLaw. Visit FindLaw's sections on domestic violence and family law for more articles and information on this topic.

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