Domestic Violence

Arkansas Code - Title 9: Family Law; Chapter 15: Domestic-Abuse, 103(A) – Domestic Abuse defined as –harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault between family or household members.

Domestic abuse is a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by

  • A current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim,
  • A person with whom the victim shares a child in common,
  • A person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner,
  • A person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction, or
  • Any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family laws of the jurisdiction.

University of the Ozarks recognizes that domestic violence is an area of concern that can impact our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Domestic violence is a crime. Anyone who is the victim of an incident of domestic violence, on campus, is encouraged to contact the Department of Public Safety; off campus contact the local police departments should be contacted for assistance.

If an Ozarks employee or student has been the victim of domestic violence the school has resources to assist them. Human Resources, Student Affairs and Public Safety are available to provide assistance which can include:

  • Reassignment of office or residential space
  • Class flexibility
  • Counseling accommodations
  • Medical attention
  • Ban from campus
  • Other security precautions

Any employee or student that has an Order of Protection on file in any jurisdiction is encouraged to file a copy of that order with the Public Safety Department.

Domestic Violence does not discriminate; it does not see gender, sexual identity, economic status, ethnicity or religious preference. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination. Drugs and or alcohol may or may not be a factor.

  • Verbal or Emotional Abuse: Non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or stalking.
  • Physical Abuse: Any intentional use of physical force with the intent to cause fear or injury, hitting, shoving, biting, strangling, kicking or using a weapon.
  • Sexual Abuse: Any action that impacts a person’s ability to control their sexual activity or the circumstances in which sexual activity occurs, including rape, coercion or restricting access to birth control.
  • Economic Abuse: making or attempting to make an individual financially dependent by maintaining control over financial resources, or forbidding attendance at school or employment.
  • Cyber Abuse: Use of technologies and /or social media networking to intimidate, harass or threaten a current or ex-dating partner, has also become common. This could include demanding passwords, checking cell phones, cyber bullying, sexting, excessive or threatening texts or stalking on social media.