Men’s March Against Domestic Violence raising awareness

Men's March Against Domestic Violence

In Hawaii, there are more than five “9-1-1” calls every hour that involve domestic violence and each year 50,000 women between the ages of 18 and 64 are victims of this type of abuse.  Experts say the ones hurting most of those women are men so curbing violence in our homes has to begin with men.

Raising awareness about this alarming crisis is the focus of the Men’s March Against Domestic Violence. About a thousand people gathered at the Hawaii State Capitol Thursday, October 3, and walked through the streets of downtown Honolulu for the 24th annual Men’s March Against Domestic Violence.

The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) sponsored the event, along with Catholic Charities of Hawai’i, Central Pacific Bank, Chaminade University, the City & County of Honolulu, Domestic Violence Action Center, Kaiser Permanente, Mental Health America of Hawai’i, Parents And Children Together (PACT), and UH Mānoa.

Students and faculty from the JABSOM took part  in the event which began at the State Capitol Rotunda at 11:45 a.m. with a remembrance ceremony honoring victims of domestic violence who passed in the last year. Marchers left from the Capitol at noon and ended the event with a rally featuring guest speakers at ‘Iolani Palace.

While men were asked to march, the community at-large urged all in the community to support them. The event is meant to raise awareness about the alarming crisis of domestic violence and how to prevent such incidents from taking place or provide resources to victims seeking help. Over 1,000 people participated in last year’s march and rally, bringing in new and younger male attendees in hopes of instilling values of peace and non-violence at a younger age.

Men’s March Against Domestic Violence
Thursday October 3, 2018
Hawaii State Capitol
The march is scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m.
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