Domestic violence is defined in NRS 33.018 but generally includes acts of battery, assault, harassment, and intimidation by a person’s current or ex-spouse, current or ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, roommate, or any person that is related by blood or marriage. There are many resources available to victims of domestic violence. Please visit the sections below to learn more about:
Victims of domestic violence can apply to the family court for protection orders to keep their abusers away. A "temporary protection order" (a "TPO") may be issued for up to a month, and an extended protection order may be issued for up to a year.
The TPO office is the court-operated program that assists people with protection orders against domestic violence. The office provides the following services for free:
- Assistance with filing applications for temporary protective orders;
- Coordinates the processing of temporary and extended protective orders;
- Sends paperwork to the Sheriff to have the adverse party served;
- Provides information and forms to either party involved in a protective order proceeding (including paperwork for an adverse party to file a motion to modify or dissolve an order);
- Provides resources and referrals to other community agencies when appropriate.
The TPO office is located at the Family Courts and Services Center at 601 N. Pecos Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89101. For more information, please visit the Temporary Protective Orders website, call them at (702) 455-3400, or stop by during business hours.
The Family Court only handles protection orders for victims of domestic violence. There are many other behaviors that may require a protection order as well. The Civil Law Self-Help Center has information and forms available to obtain protection orders against stalking or harassment, harm to children, sexual assault, or harassment in the workplace. Please visit the Civil Law Self-Help Center’s website for more information.
Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada may be able to assist victims of domestic violence with their divorce, custody, and protection order matters. You can find some helpful information by visiting their website, and you can attend a Free Class where you can learn the basics of divorce and custody law. At the end of the class, you will receive information on how to apply for a free attorney to represent you in your family court matter.
Hotline Numbers: 702-646-4981 and 800-486-7282
Hotline: (702) 564-3227
S.A.F.E. House Counseling & Advocacy Center: (702) 451-4203