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February 14, 2022

What is the legal definition of domestic abuse in Arkansas?

This section defines domestic abuse for the purposes of getting a domestic violence order of protection.

Domestic abuse is when a family or household member commits any of the following acts against you:

  • physical harm;
  • bodily injury;
  • assault;
  • the fear that physical harm, bodily injury, or assault is about to happen to you; or
  • sexual conduct (of a criminal nature) whether the victim is a minor or an adult.1

1 Ark. Code § 9-15-103(3)

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