Domestic Violence Resources
IMPORTANT UPDATE AMID THE COVID-19 CRISIS (3-27-20):
Due to COVID-19, Domestic Violence Action Center’s Helpline has established a new number to respond to text messages from survivors. Helpline can provide support, risk assessment, safety planning, resources and referrals to Domestic Violence Action Center’s advocacy and legal services to survivors who may be unable to talk on the phone while in quarantine.
Abuse is about power and control. When survivors are forced to stay in the home or in close proximity to their abuser more frequently, an abuser can use any tool to exert control over their victim, including a national health concern such as COVID-19.
In a time when companies are encouraging employees to work remotely, and the CDC is encouraging “social distancing,” an abuser may take advantage of an already stressful situation to gain more control.
If you’re unable to speak safely, you can text (605) 956-5680, to chat with a helpline specialist Monday through Friday from 8:00 am till 5:00 pm. If you’d prefer to speak to someone over the phone you can call helpline at (808) 531-3371 or toll free at (800) 690-6200 to speak to someone during these hours.
It’s critical for your safety that you reach out when your partner is not around, whenever that is possible. If your partner does come home or walk in while you are talking to Helpline, text “STOP” and delete the text conversation so it cannot be discovered.
Abusive relationships are based on power and control, and an abusive partner is likely to react in anger as you take steps to regain control. On Helpline, a callers safety is our priority, so all phone calls and chats are completely confidential.
The Department of Human Services has compiled a list of important resources for anyone experiencing domestic violence or needing resources on domestic violence.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)TTY: 1-800-787-3224
Video calls for deaf callers: 1-855-812-1001 (M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m. PST)
Live online chat is available 7 a.m.-2 a.m. CST daily
Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence is comprised of at least 20 domestic violence agencies and programs throughout the state of Hawaii,which accounts for the majority of domestic violence agencies and programs in the state. The coalition’s website provides statewide resources for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Child & Family Services Domestic Abuse Hotlines
Oʻahu: (808) 841-0822
West Hawaiʻi: (808) 322-7233
East Hawaiʻi: (808) 959-8864
Domestic Violence Action Center
DVAC provides legal information, representation and resources to victims and survivors of domestic violence. Additionally, the organization provides advocacy and other support services for clients. The organization also provides a teen-focused website with additional resources.