Author(s): Pobutsky A, Brown M, Nakao L, ReyesSalvail F
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Patterns of domestic violence fatalities and agency responses in Hawaii have not been explicated. METHODS: Retrospective reviews of events leading up to domestic violence related fatalities in Hawaii were assessed from 45 adjudicated cases that resulted in 62 fatalities for the ten year period from 2000-2009. RESULTS: Almost one-half of the fatalities were homicide/suicide combinations. Females were disproportionately more likely to be fatal victims of domestic violence relative to their proportion in the population. Those aged 21-40 years and those over 80 years were more likely to be fatal victims of domestic violence, relative to their proportion in the population. Filipinas and 'Other" ethnic groups are disproportionately more likely to be fatal victims of domestic violence while Native Hawaiians and Japanese are less likely to be fatal victims, relative to their proportions in the population. In more than two-thirds of the cases, the victim had made some attempt to leave the relationship prior to the fatality. CONCLUSIONS: In the majority of cases there was agency involvement in some form: either the victim alone or the perpetrator alone, or both. However, less than one-third (31.1\%) of the cases over the past ten years had documentation of prior violence from medical reports, so this may be an area to further document and address domestic violence. © 2014 KUMS, All rights reserved.
This article was published in J Inj Violence Res
and referenced in Arts and Social Sciences Journal