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Temporary Protective Orders (Domestic Violence) – Getting Legal Help

Temporary Protective Orders (Domestic Violence) – Getting Legal Help

TPOs - Getting Help for Domestic Violence victims

Perhaps one of the most difficult things an individual can experience is being the victim of domestic violence. Not only is it something that makes the victim feel uncomfortable in their own skin, but it can lead one to feelings of guilt and questioning their own self-worth. These feelings are not uncommon; however, the issue is serious and the feelings as a result of the situation need to be addressed in a healthy and professional way.

Getting Help Against Domestic Violence

Lauren Berkich is here to ensure victims of domestic violence, no matter the degree or severity, do not feel alone and that they have an ally on their side. In many instances the person committing the domestic violence is the one who truly has the emotional (and possibly mental) issues that they are simply taking out on the victim to make themselves feel better. It is important for the victim of domestic violence to not blame themselves.

There are several different degrees of domestic violence, some more aggressive than others. Below is a list of the different types of domestic violence, as well as the definition of domestic violence in Nevada.

Types of Domestic Violence in Nevada

  • Assault (attempting to use physical force or intentionally placing another person in reasonable fear of immediate bodily harm)
  • Battery (physical violence including slapping, punching, strangulation, etc.)
  • Sexual assault
  • Harassment Including
    • Destruction of private property
    • Injuring or killing a pet
    • Theft
    • Stalking
    • Trespassing or entering one’s home against their will
    • Holding one against their will (false imprisonment)
  • Intimidation or making threats that put the victim in fear of their well being
  • Physically touching a person and using brute force to make the victim do something that they don’t want to do, or to not let them do something that they do want to do

Types of Legal Protection Orders in Nevada

Just as there are different types of domestic violence, there are different types of protection orders that can be issued in the state of Nevada to aid the victim and protect their rights (as well as their safety and well-being). These types of orders are commonly referred to as Temporary Protection Orders or “TPO.” Temporary Protection Orders are also referred to as Restraining Orders. Some protection orders or restraining orders will be issued in civil court, and others will be issued in criminal court. Types of protection orders include:

  • Orders for Protection Against Harassment in the Workplace
  • Orders for Protection Against Stalking & Harassment
  • An Order for Protection Against Domestic Violence
  • Orders for Protection Against Sexual Assault
  • Orders for Protection of Children

Unfortunately, there are even times people are unaware that they are experiencing domestic violence. In these situations, many times issues go unreported and turn into more severe situations where sometimes a Temporary Protection Order isn’t enough. Regardless of the type or degree of abuse the victim is being subjected to, it is important to contact a professional who is willing to listen and empathize with the situation in order to be able to help and get the victim protection and safety.

It is important that victims of domestic violence contact someone as soon as possible and get a protection order in place to ensure themselves’ and their families’ safety. Reporting domestic violence is an extremely serious issue, but so is the victim’s wellbeing. Better to be safe than sorry and better to have a professional who understands the severity of the situation to support the victim and, if necessary, represent them and their best interests.

Upon the filing of an application for a temporary protection order, the Court will grant a temporary TPO. After that, the Court will set a hearing within 30 days. At the Hearing, a Court Master will determine if the elements have sufficiently been met, and if so, will grant an extended TPO. Any evidence the victim has (photographs, text messages, emails, police reports, etc.) will be helpful in applying for a TPO and should be used when applying for a TPO.

Getting Someone on Your Side to Protect You and Keep You Safe

If you or someone you know is experiencing any level of domestic violence, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are here to listen and to help. If it is severe domestic violence, please consider calling 911 and getting yourself or the person you know to safety, as soon as possible.