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Bill would grant domestic violence victims early lease termination

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A Nevada assemblywoman is pushing a bill that would assist victims of domestic violence.

Senate Bill 284 would allow victims of violent relationships to terminate rental agreements early and without penalties with proof of a violent incident such as an arrest report.

22-year-old Victoria Silva is trying to move forward following an alleged incident in which she was attacked by her boyfriend of four months.

"It was very tough – just thinking maybe at night he would come to my apartment," she said.

Silva faced another problem. She could not get out of her rental agreement. She and her children just walked away.

"I know that they sent me to collections. I don't know if I have any penalties," she said.

It's a problem Assemblywoman Lucy Flores is trying to eliminate.

"I did come to an impasse with the apartment association. The landlords specifically were the ones that are fighting this," Flores said.

Senate Bill 284 is awaiting Gov. Brian Sandoval's signature.

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