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Violence Prevention Meeting (Annelle Amaral)
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Violence Prevention Meeting

On January 7th at 12 noon, there was standing room only for the Violence Prevention Committee meeting held in the office of the League of Women Voters. In attendance were representatives from all the major agencies that deal with domestic violence. The representatives included: Child and Family Services, Domestic Violence Clearinghouse and Legal Hotline, Hale Ola Windward Abuse Shelter, Parents and Children Together, Puuhonua, Family Peace Center, Hawaii Lawyers Care, Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women Sex Abuse Treatment Center, and League representatives. The discussion was initiated as a result of the League's report on Domestic Violence and the suggestion for taking a first step towards a Coordinated Community Response.

Val Kanuha of the University of Hawaii's School of Social Work attended as a resource to the group because of her experience in developing a Coordinated Community Response in other states.

Those gathered agreed to the goals of their work as being: victim safety, offender accountability, and changing the climate in the work of domestic violence.

For two hours, members in this group discussed a "First Response" to a domestic violence call- both what is and what could be. Discussion covered the need for more crisis counselors, protocol and standards for police dispatchers, police and crisis workers - as well as systemic changes that may be needed to assure victim safety and proper batterer treatment.

This will be the first in a series of meetings to try to find a common ground as well as enhance victim safety.

The next brown bag meeting to continue the "First Response" discussion will be on Jan. 28th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Richards St. YWCA. Room number will be posted on the lobby directory. We look forward to great work from this group.

Annelle Amaral

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