About Us

Mission Statement

The Domestic Violence Action Center is committed to ending domestic violence and other forms of abuse through leadership, prevention, legal services, individual and systemic advocacy and social change work. We believe all persons should be treated with equality, dignity and fairness. With high quality and culturally sensitive programs, delivered with integrity and compassion we are creating safety and self-sufficiency for survivors and their children.

Agency Profile

The Domestic Violence Action Center is dedicated to alleviating
the problem of domestic abuse in Hawaii.  We are the only agency in the
State that accepts large numbers of high risk divorce, temporary
restraining order, post-decree and paternity cases.  We are also the
only agency in the community with a full complement of services to
assist as a victim navigates the system and moves her (his) life to
freedom and self-sufficiency.  With advocates accompanying victims to
court, seeking financial support, pursuing educational goals, obtaining
child support, or maneuvering the military, medical or mental health
systems a victim is empowered and closer to safety if she is working
with one of our programs.

Domestic Violence Action Center was founded in 1990 and incorporated
in 1991.  With two staff in the beginning, we are now fully staffed at
52.  Training and education, technical assistance and community
building, direct services and public awareness are among the commitments
the agency makes to the people of Hawaii.

The Domestic Violence Action Center staff is deeply involved at the
community level and participate in working committees coordinated by
government agencies such as the Department of the Attorney General, The
Department of Education and The First Judicial Circuit.  We also work
collaboratively with local associations and agencies like The Hawaii
State Bar Association, The Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic
Violence, The Women's Fund, and Hawaii Women Lawyers.

Our work has become known across the country and our management staff
participates frequently in initiatives related to post-traumatic stress
disorder, needs of multi-ethnic communities, family practice issues,
and cutting edge challenges facing domestic violence programs and

The agency has three departments overseeing direct services,
specialized programs and administration.  We provide outreach in civil
and criminal court, accept referrals from many community programs and
public agencies, and seek opportunities to let the community become
better acquainted with our special services provided by expert staff
intimately trained on the needs and challenges facing victims of abuse. 
Our target population includes youth, immigrants, Filipina and adult

The cost for our legal services is based on a sliding fee scale with
hourly costs assessed for those in a higher income bracket.  Training
and technical assistance is also fee based while court outreach is
available to every victim seeking the courts protection or appearing as a
witness in a criminal case.

Support, crisis intervention, safety planning, risk assessments,
representation in court, education in the classroom and participation in
community efforts to become more responsive to the needs of victims are
the areas of the agency's expertise.  Continue familiarizing yourself
with our work by looking at other areas of the website.