Nevada’s prosecutors are committed to the effective prosecution of domestic violence in our state. Domestic violence is generally defined as a violent crime committed in the context of an intimate relationship. Domestic violence differs from other crimes against a person due to the nature of the relationship between the victim and the perpetrator, and the possible presence of children who become secondary victims. Although prosecution is just one component of a coordinated community response to the crime of domestic violence, prosecutors are in a unique position to spearhead efforts to improve the criminal justice system’s handling of domestic violence cases.
The Advisory Council recently implemented the Domestic Violence Prosecution Best Practice Guidelines Project with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. The objective of this two year Project is to enhance Nevada's ability to provide safety for victims and accountability for perpetrators through system improvement and the promotion of best practices in the prosecution of domestic violence cases throughout the state.
The Advisory Council partnered with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office and other state agencies to obtain funding under the Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies Program from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Violence Against Women Office. The grant funding will in pertinent part assist with implementation of the Project, to promote consistency and best practices in the prosecution of domestic violence, recognizing that each jurisdiction is unique in its demographic and geographic composition and available resources.