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President's Message (Jean Aoki)
State Council to be Held on Kauai
Making Democracy Work: Hawaii Clean Elections Activities (Toni Worst)
Legislative Action
Electronic Notification of Batterer's Release (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
In Memoriam: Mary George
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LWV-Hawaii Proposed Budget 1998-1999
Local League News - Hawaii County
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Kido Selected as Rotary Ambassador to Germany
Coalition Update
Judicial Council Seeking Panelists
Job Opportunities Available (Marian Wilkins)
Meet Your Board
Legislative Hearing Notices Available on Internet

Electronic Notification of Batterer's Release

Imagine your daughter calling a long string of telephone numbers -- alone -- to find out the status of her batterer's pending release from jail. This is not the kind of information she should be receiving without a support system present. When she gets that kind of news she needs to be with someone who can help her establish lethality and someone who can suggest a safety plan appropriate to her situation. We know this support system cannot come from her family members. We know this support should come from trained domestic violence advocates that should be readily available in both the public and private sectors.

The victim witness unit of the prosecutor's office is currently investing their time and money into such a system. Their funding requests are currently pending in the attorney general's office.

The first domestic violence database funded by the attorney general's office has not produced any results in over a year due to repeated delays in implementation.

Perhaps we should complete one complicated data project and make sure it is working before future monies are expended for additional electronic purposes, particularly ones insensitive to victim needs.

Suzanne Meisenzahl
Chair, Violence Prevention Committee

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