Domestic Violence

Get the help you need from a domestic violence lawyer in Nevada

If you are in an abusive relationship and are seeking a domestic violence lawyer, we can help. Our trained attorneys fight to protect their clients and remove legal and financial barriers that can trap people in abusive relationships. We represent domestic violence survivors in:

  • Protection order proceedings
  • Divorce for victims of domestic violence
  • Related custody and child support
  • Other related matters

We CAN also provide referrals to domestic violence shelters and other community services

We do not income screen for our domestic violence program. We understand that the victims of domestic abuse don’t have time to find a domestic violence lawyer and need help immediately. We want to help as soon as we can.

Our domestic violence services are free. We do not charge for our representation. We do not charge if our clients need to access our self-help center. All services are free.

Northern Nevada Legal Aid domestic violence lawyers only represent those who have been subject to domestic violence or abuse. We do not help with other legal matters, such as personal injury or criminal defense.


Who our pro bono lawyers for domestic violence can help

The domestic violence lawyers at Northern Nevada Legal Aid represent individuals who have experienced domestic violence and abuse. Our programs and services include legal assistance regarding protection orders and divorce, custody, and child support.

The Nevada statute defines the individuals who can perpetrate domestic violence as

  • A spouse or former spouse
  • Any other person related by blood or marriage
  • A person with whom you are residing or have resided
  • A person you are dating or have dated
  • Someone with whom you have a child in common
  • Legal guardians or custodians of minor children of either party as appointed by a court

The statute defines domestic violence as:

  • Battery or assault
  • Entry against the will of the other
  • False imprisonment
  • Forcing or threatening force to compel someone to do something they have a right to refuse
  • Behaviors intending to harass such as stalking, arson, trespassing, stealing, destruction of property, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, injuring an animal
  • Sexual assault
  • Unlawful or forcible entry to another person’s residence

Questions people ask before seeking a domestic violence lawyer

Domestic violence doesn’t have boundaries. People of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, geographies, economic status, and sexual orientation can all be affected.

Anyone who coerces their partner with physical or psychological threats.

Individuals who abuse or commit acts of violence in a relationship often:

  • Blame the other party for failures
  • Believe the subject of the abuse deserves it
  • Deny having a problem
  • Doesn’t take responsibility for their conduct
  • Experiences jealousy
  • Fear abandonment

Yes. Harassment usually takes the form of multiple telephone calls or text messages asking, “Where are you?” or “When will you be home?” or “Why aren’t you where you’re supposed to be?”

According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, 82% of domestic, dating, and sexual violence is committed against women, and 18% is against men.

Call us at 775-329-2727 or email us at intakeuser@washoelegalservices.org. We’ll be in touch with you shortly, and together we can determine if you qualify for free legal assistance and services for domestic violence.

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