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
If you are someone you know is impacted by domestic violence, visit
www.laurascard.ar.gov today to find resources near you.