Arkansas Code Title 6. Education § 6-16-1004. Dating violence awareness

(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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