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Laura's Law (Lethality Assessment)
The recently enacted "Laura's Law" requires Arkansas police officers responding to domestic violence incidents to ask victims a set of questions to evaluate their risk of being killed by abuse, such as whether the offender has ever used a weapon against the victim or controls most of the victim's daily activities. The assessment aims to help identify victims in severe danger needing intervention. Police will also present victims with a "Laura's Card," a document listing their rights and contact information for local prosecutors and shelters.
Law enforcement agencies responding to crime incidents are now required to inform victims in writing of their victim's rights. Officers MUST inform victims of the availability of services: medical, housing, counseling, financial, social, legal, and emergency services. In addition, officers MUST inform victims about how to obtain orders of protection, how to access public records related to the case, and about the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board (including the address and phone number).
Laura's Law is named after three women affected by domestic violence. They include Laura Aceves, a Eureka Springs woman who was killed by her ex-boyfriend in 2012, and her mother, Laura Ponce, who has since become an advocate for domestic violence victims. The bill and the name of "Laura's Card" were also inspired by victims' rights advocate and domestic violence survivor Laura Webb, who was nearly killed by her husband in 2012.
Act 873 - Laura's Card
Act 877 - Laura's Law
Laura's Card Explanation PDF
Domestic Violence Assessment PDF
Domestic Violence Lethality Screen (customizable) Word .DOC
Domestic Violence Lethality Screen in Spanish Word .DOC
Laura's Law and Laura's Card FAQ (Updated 7/30/15 10:42am CT)
Laura's Card PDF
Laura's Card in Spanish PDF
Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence Shelter Listing PDF
If you have any questions or need clarification on Laura's Card or the lethality assessments, please contact the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence at (501) 907-5612 or (800) 269-4668.