NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Nevada is the worst place in the country for domestic violence. This year alone, North Las Vegas emergency crews responded to 1,400 domestic 911 calls.
"It's been shocking for them to learn about the effects, not just on that victim, but their children, how the children are adversely affected by what happens in the home," said North Las Vegas Deputy City Attorney Kim Phillips.
Firefighters and paramedics are usually first on the scene for fires and medical emergencies. They are also often the first responders for domestic calls - sometimes arriving before the police.
Thanks to a new federal grant, North Las Vegas emergency responders spent Thursday learning the basics of domestic violence. They also learned how to tame explosive situations that can sometimes end in murder.