Some Basics On Domestic Violence For Nevada Residents

When legal terminology comes into widespread public use, the understood definitions sometimes differ from the original legal definitions. In common usage, for instance, domestic violence is often thought of as an adult physically abusing his/her spouse or children. It is commonly used interchangeably with terms like “spousal abuse” and “child abuse.”

But the legal definition of domestic violence is broader than this. In today’s post, we’ll try to give a concise overview of what the legal term covers.

“Domestic” can refer to numerous family members

In cases involving violence between biologically or legally related persons, the alleged perpetrator is often a spouse or parent and the alleged victims are often the other spouse and/or children. But domestic violence can also be perpetrated by siblings against one another, against another family member or against parents. The last example is most common in cases where adult children are living with their aging parents.

“Domestic” can refer to a shared living space

Many people don’t realize that the definition of domestic violence can include non-related individuals who share a living space. If one roommate physically abuses the other (pushing, slapping, punching, etc.) he or she may be charged with domestic violence; especially if there is a pattern of abuse.

“Domestic” can refer to romantic relationships between unmarried partners

The victim and the perpetrator do not need to be legally/biologically related in order for abuse to be considered domestic violence. In some jurisdictions, a couple does not even need to be living together. Romantic relationships wherein one partner allegedly abuses the other typically fall under the definition of domestic violence. It doesn’t matter if the couple is heterosexual, gay or lesbian.

In summary

What sets domestic violence apart from other, generalized crimes like assault and battery is the intimate relationship between the perpetrator and the victim(s). This intimate relationship can be romantic, familial or residential.

If you are facing charges related to domestic violence, you likely face serious legal consequences as well as damage to your reputation within the community. Rather than relying on prosecutorial leniency, you should seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney right away.

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