LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Wednesday her office will help Arkansas law enforcement agencies comply with a state law aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Wednesday her office will help Arkansas law enforcement agencies comply with a state law aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.


Act 873 of 2015, also known as Laura’s Law, sponsored by state Rep. Charlotte Douglas, R-Alma, requires law enforcement officers to provide to crime victims and their families a card informing them of their rights and available resources. Douglas filed the bill after having conversations with Laura Webb of Cabot, a survivor of domestic violence who said she did not know where to turn when she was victimized.


The law took effect last summer, and since then law enforcement agencies have been able to obtain the card, called Laura’s Card, by printing it from the website of the University of Arkansas’ Criminal Justice Institute.


Rutledge on Wednesday unveiled a new version of Laura’s Card that she said her office has printed and will distribute to sheriffs’ offices, police departments, advocacy groups and shelters in all 75 Arkansas counties.


"If we can save one life by sharing these resources, it is worth it," Rutledge said in a statement.


The attorney general’s office is spending $4,500 from court settlements to produce and distribute about 30,000 cards, according to Rutledge spokesman Judd Deere.


The new version of the card includes 24-hour crisis lines, a place for the law enforcement agency, advocacy group or shelter to include its contact information, a list of victim’s rights, information about the Crime Victims Reparations Board and the address of laurascard.ar.gov, which contains links to resources available across the state.


"Domestic violence is most often about control of the victim: physical, emotional, financial and educational," Douglas said. "It is my hope that through Laura’s Card we bring power to victims through access to their victim’s rights and services that are offered to free them from a life of abuse. We must all work to turn victims into victors."