• October 2021 - Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    October 04, 2021
    Proclamation

    WHEREAS, domestic violence is a serious, widespread and hidden societal problem that affects 10 million
    adults in the United States each year, regardless of race, age and income, and as many as one in four women
    are victims of domestic violence; and

    WHEREAS, abuse causes long-term damaging effects on the health and well-being of victims and their
    families, friends, and communities, and children who witness domestic violence, or are targeted in domestic
    violence, become socialized into believing violence and abuse is normal and are at greater risk of
    perpetuating the cycle of violence; and

    WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has created new health, safety and economic challenges for victims
    and the advocates who work with them; and

    WHEREAS, the Hawai‘i State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (HSCADV) has advocated for victims
    and survivors of domestic violence and the advocates who serve them for over 35 years in partnership
    with its members in Hawai‘i County, Maui County, Kaua‘i County and the City and County of Honolulu to
    create a safer and more peaceful state for Hawai‘i families; and

    WHEREAS, HSCADV is comprised of 26 programs representing 15 organizations from all islands that serve
    over 2,000 victims of domestic violence each year; and

    WHEREAS, Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides a coordinated community effort for citizens to
    learn about preventing domestic violence and to support the numerous organizations and individuals who
    provide critical advocacy, services, and assistance to victims; and

    WHEREAS, this year’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month theme #Every1KnowsSome1 strives to
    highlight how common domestic violence is and that it is more than only physical violence;

    THEREFORE I, DAVID Y. IGE, Governor of the State of Hawai‘i, do hereby proclaim October 2021 as

    “DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH”

    in Hawai‘i and ask the people of the Aloha State to join me in raising awareness of domestic violence
    prevention and recognize the courage and inspirations of survivors, community leaders, police, judges,
    healthcare workers, and advocates who are working on solutions to end domestic violence.

    Done at the State Capitol in the Executive Chambers, Honolulu, State of Hawai‘i, this first day of October
    2021.
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