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Are you getting a divorce because of domestic violence?

When it comes to domestic violence, the abuser and the victim can become ensnared in a continual cycle of abuse and asking forgiveness. Psychologically, the victim might be in love with — or dependent on — the other side of his or her abuser who they know to be a kind and vulnerable person. This is one of the reasons why it can be so difficult to break the cycle. Relationships with domestic violence might also continue because the victim is afraid of what might happen if he or she finally stands up for the right to be free of abuse in his or her home.

A quick review of Nevada domestic violence laws, however, can empower victims to stand up for themselves against their abusers once and for all. Domestic violence laws apply to ex-spouses, current spouses, blood relatives, current and former romantic partners, people who share a child and other circumstances. The law considers domestic violence to have occurred when one of the following is committed by one of the above:

— Assault

— Sexual assault

— Battery

— Forcing someone to do something he or she doesn’t have to do by threat of violence or intimidation

— Harassing someone through reckless conduct like stalking, trespassing, destroying property, hurting or killing an animal, arson or more

— False imprisonment — in other words, holding someone unlawfully

— Unlawfully or forcibly entering the victim’s home

Nevada residents who are being victimized by domestic violence in their marriages have every right to ask for a divorce. They may also want to call the police for protection against a domestic abuser. A Nevada divorce lawyer can help you take action and learn about legal strategies to employ that will free you from your abuser safely, quickly and legally once and for all.

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