Who can? You can. That's this year's theme for October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Rep. Marilyn Lee talks with Nanci Kreidman, Chief Executive Officer of the the Domestic Violence Action Center, and Veroniki Geronimo, Executive Director of the Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
The program airs on Sunday, October 30th at 4 p.m. Olelo Ch. 54. It repeats on November 6th and 13th.
Both agree that the state of domestic violence in Hawaii is "abysmal" with little investment into prevention efforts. There is an increase in demand for domestic violence services at the same time that funding for the agencies is going down. States across the nation are facing similar challenges.
the theme, Who can? You can, is meant to draw attention to the fact that the domestic violence is not a private issue, but a public one, and that the community needs to get involved and support those who need assistance.
Learn more about the five-year Domestic Violence Plan. It sets up a grassroots effort on all the islands through individual task forces.
Learn more about the Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence on their website.