Domestic Violence Resources in Nevada

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      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