Domestic Violence Resources in Nevada

Resources in Nevada

What is Domestic Violence  

Domestic violence generally is defined as a violent crime committed in the context of an intimate relationship. However, domestic violence is no longer just a family matter. It is a crime involving the use of power, coercion and violence to control another. This crime is recognized by state law and prosecutable by law enforcement.

Domestic violence is different from other random crimes because a perpetrator and victim are not strangers. Instead they are intimate partners, family members or parents of common children. This relationship, therefore, binds a victim to his or her perpetrator. For example, the victim may rely on the perpetrator for economic support or child support. Ongoing domestic violence is characterized by a pattern of escalating abuse in which one partner in the relationship controls the other through force, deprivation and/or the threat of deprivation or violence.



Types of Domestic Violence

Abuse comes in many forms.

Spousal Abuse: This type of abuse generally occurs between a husband and wife, girlfriend and boyfriend, or same sex couple. The dominant partner may choose to exert his power by many means including physical, emotional, verbal, spiritual, financial, homophobic-based, immigration based, or threats of destructive acts.

Rape / Sexual Assault: This type of abuse typically occurs between a husband and wife, girlfriend and boyfriend, or same sex couple. The abuse is characterized by forced or pressured sexual acts, including rape.

Child Abuse: This type of abuse is typically perpetrated on a child by a parent, grandparent, step-parent, or significant other of a parent. It can include physical, emotional and verbal assaults against a child.

Elderly Abuse: This type of abuse is typically perpetrated on senior citizens by their children, grandchildren or others living with or caring for the victim. The abuse ranges from physical, emotional and verbal abuse to financial and destructive threats.

Stalking / Cyber Stalking: Stalking is a crime of harassment in which a victim is fearful for his or her own safety or life. Cyber-stalking is a new phenomenon in stalking in which abusers can discover a victim’s Internet activities by gaining access to the victim’s e-mail account. The stalker can read the victim’s incoming and outgoing mail and send threatening or harassing e-mail messages to the victim.



    Who is Affected by Domestic Violence

    Domestic Violence transcends all boundaries: age, gender, race, ethnic, geographical, economic and sexual orientation. This crime is a crime of power and control and anyone can find themselves subject to it.

    Profile of a Domestic Violence Perpetrator

    A perpetrator of domestic violence is one who uses physical or psychological threats to coerce his or her partner. This type of person often has “two faces” or personalities.

    One personality may be an upstanding leader in the community and a charming, loving and good provider, while the other may be denigrating, violent and threatening.

    Characteristics of a Perpetrator of Domestic Violence

    1. Denies having any problems or creating any problems. Instead, he or she will blame the significant other for failures.
    2. Is very immature and self-centered.
    3. May have learned only one way to deal with stress.
    4. May also have the idea that it is okay to beat up on mate because mate needs or deserves discipline “a lesson,” etc.
    5. May avoid taking responsibility for own conduct by minimizing, denying, lying about or justifying abusive tactics.
    6. Is unable to express/accept feelings of dependence and vulnerability.
    7. Is highly jealous of mate’s time, affection, and attention.
    8. Is emotionally dependent.
    9. Doesn’t know how to form intimate relationships and is fearful of mate doing so.
    10. Fears abandonment—leading to extreme jealousy and suspicion.



      Nevada Domestic Violence Programs/Shelters

      National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

      Statewide Domestic Violence Services

      Nevada Coalition to END Domestic and Sexual Violence
      Click here for direct or crisis services to victims of domestic violence in Nevada.  Services can include emergency shelter, temporary housing, food, financial assistance, job assistance, advocacy, and counseling.

      Carson and Storey Counties:

      Advocates to End Domestic Violence
      Carson City, NV
      Hotline: 775-883-7654 

      Churchill County:

      Domestic Violence Intervention, Inc.
      Fallon, NV
      Hotline: 775-423-1313

      Clark County

      Temporary Assistance to End Domestic Crisis (TADC) / SafeNest
      Las Vegas, NV
      Hotline: 702-646-4981

      S.A.F.E. House
      Henderson, NV
      Hotline: 702-564-3227

      UNLV Jean Nidetch Women’s Center
      Las Vegas, NV
      Phone: 702-895-4475

      Douglas County:

      Family Support Council
      Minden, NV
      Hotline: 775-782-8692

      Elko, Eureka, and White Pine Counties:

      Committee Against Domestic Violence
      Elko, NV
      Office:  775-738-6524
      Hotline: 1-888-738-9454

      Eureka, Lincoln, and White Pine Counties only:

      Victim/Witness Services

      Humboldt County:

      Winnemucca Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc.
      512 Melarkey Street
      Winnemucca, NV 89445
      24 hr Advocate: 775-421-1028

      Lander County:

      Committee Against Domestic Violence
      Battle Mountain, NV
      Hotline: 775-635-2500

      Lincoln County:

      Safe House

      Lyon County:

      Alternatives to Living in a Violence Environment (ALIVE)
      Yerington, NV
      Hotline: 775-463-4009

      Mineral County:

      Advocates to End Domestic Violence
      Hawthorne, NV
      Hotline: 775-945-2312

      Consolidated Agencies of Human Services/Mineral County Advocates to End Domestic Violence 2
      Office: 775-945-2471
      24/7 Crisis Line: 775-316-2917

      Nye, Lincoln, and Esmeralda Counties:

      No to Abuse
      Pahrump, NV
      Hotline: 1-888-882-2873

      Tonopah, NV
      Hotline: 775-482-3016

      Pershing County:

      Domestic Violence Intervention
      Lovelock, NV
      Hotline: 775-273-2641

      Southern Nye County:

      No To Abuse

      Washoe County:

      Domestic Violence Resource Center
      Reno, NV
      Hotline: 775-329-4150

      Women's and Children's Center of the Sierra
      Reno, NV 

      A Safe Embrace
      Reno, NV
      Hotline: 775-322-3466

      UNR Counseling Service
      Reno, NV
      Phone: 775-784-4648
      Crisis Call Center: 775-784-8090
      Toll-Free Hotline: 800-992-5757

      Tahoe Women’s Services
      Incline Village, NV
      Hotline: 1-800-736-1060

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