Legal Aid, courts streamline process to help domestic violence victims

Legal Aid of Southern Nevada is collaborating with Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court Family Division and Clark County to open a Protection Order Office and Family Self-Help Center in order to simplify and streamline the process of getting protection orders.

News Story (Nevada)

Michael Lyle
Nevada Current
October 30, 2019

Tags: Domestic Violence

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada


Barbara Buckley, the executive director of Legal Aid, spoke alongside Judges Linda Marie Bell and Bryce Duckworth and Clark County Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick Tuesday afternoon to announce the creation of the new office, which is expected to open in 2020. 

“What you’re going to see is a user-friendly, victim-centered process,” Buckley said. “When you’re struggling with grief and trauma and worried about your kids, we want the process to work for the victims.”

There is no guarantee for legal representation except when it comes to criminal cases. As a result, Buckley said, it is often low-income people who go without attorneys in situations like domestic violence cases.