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President's Message (Astrid Monson)
Council Decision of Con Con (Jean Aoki)
Human Resources Project Progress Report (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Excerpts from "Financing the United Nations" (Donald S. Grubbs Jr.)
Transportation (Arlene Ellis)
Board Summary
Election Volunteers
Saunders Endowment to Support Lifelong Learning
Roster Changes

Human Resources Project Progress Report

The Human Resources committee will follow up on any May cases continued or set for trial in June but for all intents and purposes our family court monitoring project ended May 31, 1996.

Data inputting is currently underway and will be completed by mid-June. A meeting will be called soon after that and project results made available.

As we stated at the beginning of this project: "The LWV is concerned about the enforcement of our domestic abuse laws by the criminal justice system and its impact on the safety of domestic violence victims in our community"

For many people, the phrase "domestic violence" summons a stereotypical scene: Police pounding on a door of a ramshackle house, a man loudly, perhaps drunkenly, declaring his innocence; a woman crying. But for a vast number of women, domestic violence is a secret, usually borne alone. Nationally it is estimated that only 50% of domestic violence is reported to law enforcement.

Last year's Senate & House Concurrent Resolutions [191 HD 1 & 150 HD 1] recognized that violent crime in our schools, homes and communities is a growing problem and it is time to identify viable solutions to stop the violence. A report from the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women estimated that in 1992 at least 20% of women in Hawaii, ages 18-64, had been victims of domestic violence. There were about 7000 police reports for misdemeanor domestic violence in 1994 and over 4000 arrests. When President Clinton established a national hotline for domestic violence this year, it received 12,000 calls in the first month.

The current budget crisis has caused policy makers to cut back services and reduce the numbers of people they can assist. Less services and no statewide primary violence prevention plan will multiply the damaging effects of violence and amplify its self-perpetuating nature, resulting in a further drain on the state budget, justice system, business and the health of our citizens. Public policy must lead us away from this trend of escalating violence.

The focus of our report will be to determine the needs within our community and make recommendations regarding strategies to:

  • Make victims safe

  • Hold abusers accountable

  • Stop & prevent the violence

      Suzanne Meisenzahl
      Chair Human Resources

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