Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has made it a priority to raise awareness of domestic violence, sexual assault and dating violence and provide several resources to educate and assist Arkansans on this pressing issue.
Laura’s Card is a resource card for law enforcement agencies, service providers and victims that includes victims' rights, crisis lines, contacts for shelters and law enforcement and other information. The Attorney General's office has supplied cards to all 75 county sheriffs’ offices and hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the State.
Laura's Card Website
LaurasCard.ar.gov includes crisis hotline numbers, contact information for Arkansas shelters, related Arkansas laws and numerous resources for victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes.
Break the Cycle Training
Partnering with the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Arkansas Department of Education and Break the Cycle, the Attorney General's office offers training opportunities for educators, school resource officers and others on dating abuse prevention and intervention methods. The trainings delve into the youth experience of dating abuse, including health and academic impacts and how it differs from adult experiences. Participants learn how to teach teens how to identify and avoid dating violence and how to develop healthy relationships to help end the constant cycle of teen dating violence leading to domestic violence.
Through Act 952 of 2015, Arkansas students in grades seven through 12 must receive instruction on dating violence awareness. This training provides teachers these resources. Participants learn foundational knowledge about dating abuse, methods for intervention and instruction on how to implement a Healthy Relationships 101 session with their students or youth group.
Attorney General Rutledge hosted a Youth Summit in March 2016 in Alma with more than 2,100 junior high and high school students to help them understand the dangers and consequences of dating violence and how to have healthy relationships.
Former college football standout and NFL player Keith Davis was the featured speaker with his “Just Say YES: Youth Equipped to Succeed” message.
Other speakers included Angela McGraw, executive director for Women & Children First, and Kiah McGraw, the state advocate coordinator for the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Partners with the Attorney General’s office in hosting the event were the Arkansas Activities Association, Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Child Advocacy Centers of Arkansas.