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Domestic violence in Nevada: A continuing problem

In the year 2017, one would not expect domestic violence to be a problem like it was in the past, but that couldn't be further than the truth. Paying specific attention to the treatment of women, researchers have found that a woman gets beaten or assaulted every nine seconds in the United States. In 2016, 24 women died of sexual and domestic violence.

Alarmingly, among Nevada residents, 33 percent of men and 44 percent of women admitted to suffering from violence from their intimate partners. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, this is much higher than national averages, which show 25 percent of women and 11 percent of men admitting to the same.

According to a noted expert on domestic violence, one of the biggest problems with this behavior is the fact that most people don't recognize that domestic violence manifests as more than physical violence. Physical violence -- a terrible manifestation of domestic abuse -- is only one piece of the problem. Domestic abuse also includes psychological abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse, digital abuse and digital bullying, stalking and more.

Because most domestic violence resources only focus on the physical abuse component of domestic violence, many victims do not realize that they can get help and protection. Victims need to know that the Domestic Violence Law, NRS 33.018, in Nevada is a broad legal doctrine that applies to many categories of abuse. If you are being subjected to unwanted behavior by an intimate partner or someone you live with, the law is probably on your side and you can put a stop to the abuse.

Source: Las Vegas Sun, "Recognize domestic violence: The incidence in Nevada is higher — and the spectrum broader — than most realize," Camalot Todd, accessed July 05, 2017

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