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State Overview

Domestic Violence Legislation:Yes (9-15-103)
NIBRS Status:Certified
Additional IBR Elements:No
Law Enforcement DV System:Incident-Based
Service Provider DV System:Summary
Service Provider SA System:Summary


State Summary

The state does have domestic violence legislation that includes same-sex relationships. NIBRS data and summary data are collected by the Arkansas Crime Information Center. Agencies that submit summary data do not report any additional domestic or sexual violence incident information. The state does not collect information on protection orders, but the information is available from county circuit court clerks. The Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence collects quarterly summary information from 28 shelter members, which is submitted through an online form. The data are not published but are available upon request. The Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault does not collect data but does receive a copy of the data submitted by ten of the twelve rape crisis centers in the state. All of the agencies are required to submit statistics to the Department of Finance and Administration.

The Department of Finance and Administration Office of Intergovernmental Services Victim Justice and Assistance Program collects summary counts of victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and stalking from hotlines, shelters, courts, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and service providers that receive grant funds. Data are not published in reports but are available upon request. The Health and Human Services Office of Community Services also collects summary data from emergency shelters receiving grant funds. The information is published in annual reports. The Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape, and Domestic Violence does not collect service statistics, but rather collects information on the number and type of trainings provided to service providers and the community.


State Projects

  • Sexual Assault Investigation and Management Training for Rural Law Enforcement

  • The National Center for Rural Law Enforcement at the Criminal Justice Institute, University of Arkansas, in a collaborative effort with the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, provides education and training on sexual assault to rural law enforcement executives and rural investigators. This project is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Office on Violence Against Women.

  • Clothesline Project

  • Created by Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1994, the project is a collection of approximately 300 hand-decorated T-shirts displayed on a clothesline, with each T-shirt representing a woman killed in Arkansas by an intimate partner from 1989 to 2000.

  • Silent Witness Project

  • Created by Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1995, the Silent Witness Project consists of life-sized plywood cutouts painted red and black. Each cutout represents a female victim murdered by an intimate partner from the most recent year and tells the victim's story on a shield attached to the cutout.


Available Reports

General Crime Statistics

Domestic Violence

Sexual Assault

Violence Against Women


Sample Data Collection Forms

The Arkansas Crime Information Center collects information from summary law enforcement agencies using these online forms:

The Arkansas Crime Information Center also provides this online incident-based report for hate crimes:

The Victim Justice and Assistance Program collects summary information from grantees using these forms:

The Coalition Against Domestic Violence collects summary information from grantees using this online form:

The Office of the Attorney General collects information on victims applying for restitution using these forms:

The Arkansas Crime Information Center used this survey for law enforcement for its Sex Offenders study:


Available Data

Domestic Violence

Sexual Assault


Links to State Agencies and Resources