I am basing my answer on general principles of the Domestic Violence Against Women Act as implemented nation wide. I am not admitted in Arkansas.
Ordinarily, local prosecutors will not permit you to drop your dv charges against your spouse. So he'll have to face trial or take a plea.
This makes you subject to a variety of serious economic and social difficulties. Your spouse will carry a misdemeanor conviction that could thwart his ability to get a job or be hired by the government. You will spend a mint on lawyers and advisers and have to waste more time and energy on classes and specialists.
Right now he may be ordered to stay away from you via an order of protection that keeps him from seeing his children and being home. If he is self employed, his business may be suffering because he cannot get to his books and records.
If he is a law enforcement officer, he may have lost his weapon and may be assigned to non patrol duty. This is a professional black mark on his record. If he is a lawyer, if he violates the order of protection, he could be convicted a felon and lose his license to practice law.
You may be heading off to court and getting probing and personal questions from the prosecutor. You may notice there are numerous adjournments and the case may be taking a bit too long because of federal funding that accompanies the federal statute.
In the end, I would invoke protections afforded by the federal statute only in extreme emergencies. Remember that what goes around comes around and he may retaliate in the future with his own allegation of your own domestic violence, or worse an allegation of child abuse and neglect if he believes he was set up this tine around.
Avoid invoking emergency provisions of the law.
Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to drop domestic battery charges. The Prosecuting Attorney may require you to sign a release that you want to drop the charges so that you can't come back later and accuse them of not providing assistance. You could also ask the prosecutor to take the charges "under advisement" with the condition that he complete the counseling classes and upon completing the counseling classes and providing the certificate to the court, the charges would be dismissed. The Prosecutor will want to do what is best for you, but will also want to protect you, however there are a number of options available.