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What constitutes domestic violence in Nevada?

Up until the past decade or so, domestic violence was thought of by most as a crime one romantic partner committed against the other. It's only in recent years that word "domestic" has come to be understood as covering anyone that has maintains a close, familiar relationship with his or her abuser.

Nevada state law allows any person that is alleged to have engaged in using some type of coercion, power or violence against another to be charged with domestic violence.

In Nevada, domestic violence is considered to be a serious criminal offense. That's because, in contrast with other random violent crimes, the abuser and his or her victim know one another.

In the case of domestic violence, the abuser may be a relative of the victim, such as his or her mother, father, brother, child or simply a girlfriend or boyfriend. They may see themselves as possessing power over the victim because they are responsible for providing economically for them.

Domestic violence takes on many different forms. In some cases, abuse may increase in intensity over the course of time. An abuser may simply threaten violence without ever actually carrying it out. Spousal, child and elder abuse all fall under the umbrella of domestic violence. So too can instances of sexual assault, rape, cyberstalking or stalking in the more traditional sense as well.

Domestic violence victims can be found among all different races or ethnic groups, genders, economic strata, ages, among both hetero and homosexual couples and within every single region of the United States.

As for what defines the average perpetrator of domestic violence? It's someone who seems to easily transition between two or more different personalities. Even someone who seems to be endearing in public around others may be an absolute terror to be around at home.

Those who act out violently against those they're supposed to be closest to tend to deflect any insinuation that they are at at fault for problems that arise. They tend to be jealous, emotionally co-dependent, fearful of being abandoned and not know how to appropriately deal with stressful situations. They tend to think that being aggressive with others is the most effective way of teaching them a lesson.

If you've been a victim of domestic violence at the hands of your spouse or partner and you're looking to put an end to your relationship, then a Las Vegas divorce attorney can help.

Source: The Official Nevada Attorney General Website, "What is Domestic Violence," accessed July 28, 2017

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