Who is eligible for an order for protection against domestic violence?
Domestic violence, for the purpose of getting an order for protection, is when an abuser commits certain acts (as described in What is the legal definition of domestic violence in Nevada?) against one of the following people:
- the abuser’s spouse or ex-spouse;
- anyone related to the abuser by blood or marriage but this does not include a sibling or cousin unless there exists a custodial or guardianship relationship;
- someone with whom the abuser has/had a dating relationship;
- someone with whom the abuser has a child in common;
- the minor child of any of the people described above; or
- the abuser’s minor child or any other person who has been appointed the custodian or legal guardian for the abuser’s minor child.1
If you fall into any of the above categories, you may be eligible to file for an order for protection against the abuser. It doesn’t matter if the abuser is an adult or a minor (under 18).
A parent or guardian can file for an order of protection for a child (under 18), an elderly person, or anyone who is unable to file for themselves because of disability or hospitalization.
1 N.R.S. § 33.018(1), (2)