Domestic Battery

Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of:
  • Age
  • Economic status
  • Educational background
  • Nationality
  • Race
  • Religion
Domestic violence is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control.

Mandatory Arrest Law
In Nevada, we have a Mandatory Arrest Law (NRS 171.137). This means that a police officer shall, unless mitigating circumstances exist, arrest a person when he/she has probable cause to believe that the person to be arrested has, within the preceding 24 hours, committed a domestic battery.

Anyone arrested under this statute will not be able to post bail for at least 12 hours. If the officer is unable to arrest the person suspected of committing the battery, you, the victim, have the right to request that the prosecutor file a criminal complaint against the person.

Criminal Victim Resources
The following links will help you get more information about resources for victims of crime, including victims of stalking, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
  • Community Chest, Inc.
    Ph: 775-847-9311
  • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Stalking Resource Center
    The national center for victims of crime
  • Nevada Coalition Against Sexual Violence
    Ph: 775-883-7654
  • Victims of Crime Treatment Center
    A treatment center dedicated to providing services for children and adults who have been sexually abused or assaulted
    Ph: 775-682-8680
  • Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevada (VARN) and the Domestic Violence Assistance Project (DVVAP)
    Provides free and/or reduced fee civil legal representation to persons of limited means and domestic violence survivors
    Ph: 775-883-8278