John Maddox

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an

intimate partner in the United States. That equates to more than 10

million women and men.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Communities and advocacy

organizations across the country connect with the public and one

another throughout the month to raise awareness about the signs of

abuse and ways to stop it.

We want to take this time to remind you about the new laws passed this

year in an effort to prevent abuse and protect victims.

ACT 800 creates the Arkansas Phoenix Act of 2021, which amends the

statute of limitations for offenses involving domestic violence and

provides for training to be given to law enforcement officers on

additional topics that arise in which domestic violence is suspected.

Act 1068 provides that a court may enter an order enjoining a party

from engaging in course of control. The act defines course of control

as a pattern of behavior that unreasonably interferes with the free

will and personal liberty of a person.

ACT 980 creates a mechanism to protect the address information of

victims of domestic violence on all voter registration materials.

Act 913 provides that if a person requests from the Department of

Finance and Administration the residence address of a driver's license

holder who participates in the address confidentiality program due to

domestic violence, the department shall provide the information only

if the person presents a current court order finding a compelling

reason and the person has not been convicted of domestic violence

against who the order of protection has been entered.

No person should be subjected to the fear, shame, and humiliation that

an abusive relationship produces. And leaving those relationships is

not easy.

If you are someone you know is impacted by domestic violence, visit

www.laurascard.ar.gov today to find resources near you.

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