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March 18, 2016

What is the legal definition of domestic violence in Nevada?

This section defines domestic violence for the purposes of getting an order for protection.  Domestic violence includes:

  • Battery (physical violence including slapping, punching, strangulation, etc.),
  • Assault (attempting to use physical force against you or intentionally placing another person in reasonable fear of immediate bodily harm),
  • Using force or threats to make you do something that you don’t want to do or to not let you do something that you do want to do,
  • Sexual assault,
  • Doing one or more of these acts with the intent to harass you:
    • Arson,
    • Trespassing,
    • Larceny,
    • Destruction of private property,
    • Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit,
    • False imprisonment,
    • Injuring or killing an animal,
    • Stalking,
    • Illegally entering your home when you are not there or forcing his/her way into your home against your will in a way that may cause you harm.*

For these acts to be considered domestic violence, you have to have a specific relationship to the person doing the act.  See Who is eligible for an order of protection? for more information.

* N.R.S. § 33.018