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State Overview

Domestic Violence Legislation:Yes (§586-1)
NIBRS Status:Developing
Additional Data ElementsNo
Law Enforcement DV System:Summary
Service Provider DV System:Summary
Service Provider SA System:

State Summary

The state's domestic violence legislation does include same-sex relationships. The state is developing an incident-based reporting system for the state; currently, however, development has been put on hold. Although each of Hawaii's four main police departments has a different crime data collection system, all report summary crime data to the Department of the Attorney General's Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division. The Division conducted an annual statewide crime victimization survey between 1994 and 1998; a new victimization survey was implemented in 2006. The Division also collects semiannual reports on the number of sexual assault victims receiving services at the Sex Abuse Treatment Center in Honolulu and on the neighboring islands. All of the data are published in annual reports.

The Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence provides support to the local service providers, but is working to develop a data collection program as part of the statewide strategic plan. The Hawaii State Department of Health conducts the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, which included domestic and sexual violence modules until 2005. The Department also conducts the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey in middle and high schools in Hawaii, which includes questions on sexual and intimate partner violence.

The Hawaii State Judiciary Family Court tracks cases involving domestic abuse protective orders and domestic abuse charges. The Judiciary publishes court statistical reports for the State Legislature and the public, which are available online.

State Projects

  • Na Wahine Team International
    The Na Wahine team is fighting domestic violence and sexual assault to form a comprehensive response to issues of violence against women through cross-disciplinary training programs.

  • Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women
    Hawaii State Commission on Status of Women (HSCSW) works for equality for women and girls in the state by acting as a catalyst for positive change through advocacy, education, collaboration and program development.

  • Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Training
    Hawaii County Police has established this program to respond to violent crimes against women - primarily sexual assault - with associated intimate partner violence, physical abuse, and homicide with improved medical and forensic examination services.

  • SAFE Standby
    Hawaii County Police created this program to improve Hawaii County's response to violent sex crimes, physical abuse, and crimes of violence against women.

  • Navigating a Course for Peace, Domestic Violence Strategic Plan
    The 2005 Hawaii Legislature directed the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) to work with domestic violence service providers to develop a five-year strategic plan to reduce the incidence of domestic violence and to increase support to victims. The Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a statewide coalition of domestic violence service providers, was selected to develop the strategic plan, in collaboration with the DOH, Maternal and Child Health Branch. The plan is integrated in the 2007 DOH Annual Report for the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Special Fund.

  • Violence Prevention Program
    The Maternal and Child Health Branch works with agencies and organizations throughout the State to prevent sexual violence and related forms of violence by:
    • Providing oversight of sexual violence prevention agencies receiving state and federal funds
    • Collaborating with coalitions to increase public awareness through community education
    • Supporting the development of initiatives for the prevention of violence against women.

  • Available Reports

    General Crime

    Domestic Violence

    Sexual Assault

    Violence Against Women

    Sample Data Collection Forms

    The Hawaii State Department of the Attorney General collects summary sexual assault client information using this form:

    The Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence previously used these forms to collect summary client information on victim and offenders seeking treatment:

    Available Data

    General Crime

    Sexual Assault

    Domestic Violence

    Links to State Agencies and Resources