Domestic violence victims can apply for protective orders by phone

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Domestic violence victims can apply to get a Temporary Protective Order (TPO) by phone under a program launched by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada’s Family Law Self-Help Center.

“Families are under stress and tensions are high. This phone option offers a way to get a TPO remotely by calling 702-455-1500,” said District Court Family Division Presiding Judge Bryce Duckworth. “Notwithstanding limitations created by the coronavirus crisis, we remain committed to provide access to the Court for those who face domestic violence.”

“Generally when people are unemployed, financially insecure, and are enduring stress while being confined, domestic violence and child abuse increase,” said Stephanie McDonald,  directing attorney of the Family Law Self Help Center. “We want to ensure that those who are at risk of domestic violence know how to reach the Family Law Self-Help Center for help. Getting the word out to those facing danger so they know there are still resources available could be lifesaving.”

Those facing domestic violence should call 702-455-1500 to get a TPO facilitated by phone. Help is also available by email at [email protected].

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.