2019 Arkansas Code
Title 6 - Education
Subtitle 2 - Elementary and Secondary Education Generally
Chapter 16 - Curriculum
Subchapter 10 - Health Education
§ 6-16-1004. Dating Violence Awareness

Universal Citation: AR Code § 6-16-1004 (2019)
  • (a) Annually, in either the month of October for a one-semester course taught in the fall or the month of February for a one-semester course taught in the spring, a unit on dating violence awareness shall be taught as a component of a health course offered in grades seven through twelve (7-12).

  • (b) A unit on dating violence awareness shall:

    • (1) Focus on healthy relationships, including the characteristics of healthy relationships;

    • (2) Teach students the definition of dating violence and abuse, including without limitation:

      • (A) Warning signs of dating violence and abusive behavior; and

      • (B) Measures to stop or prevent dating violence and abusive behavior;

    • (3) Inform students about resources and reporting procedures for dating violence or abuse; and

    • (4) Examine the common misconceptions and stereotypes about dating violence and abuse.

  • (c)

    • (1) Materials used to teach a unit in dating violence awareness shall be age appropriate.

    • (2) Information provided shall be objective and based on scientific research that is peer-reviewed and accepted by professionals and credentialed experts in the field of health education.

  • (d) The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education shall annually provide a list of source materials available for school districts to use to teach a unit on dating violence awareness, including without limitation materials from:

    • (1) The Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence;

    • (2) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;

    • (3) The National Domestic Violence Hotline;

    • (4) The National Institutes of Health; and

    • (5) Other sources of scientifically based research that are peer-reviewed.

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