In 2011, 13 women were killed by a spouse or intimate partner in Arkansas. October is the National Domestic Violence Awareness month. To commemorate the importance of this month and to highlight the prevalence of Domestic Violence in Arkansas, the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence hosted a Rally Around the Capitol awareness activity on October 12, 2012. The events of the Rally centered on the celebration of survivors, mourning of victims, and a promotion of awareness of domestic violence.
Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe kicked of the event by delivering a message from Governor Beebe declaring the month of October as the official domestic violence awareness month statewide. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel spoke about the effects of domestic violence on communities throughout our state. He stressed the need to protect and educate young women to be able to detect and break free from abusive relationships. His speech was followed by Jaquan Legate, a survivor of domestic violence who spoke of how she was able to break free from an abusive relationship. Also in attendance to support the cause was Miss Arkansas International.