HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.77          
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION
URGING THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS AND THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY'S
   OFFICE OF EACH COUNTY TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE AND APPROPRIATE
   TRAINING TO THEIR POLICE OFFICERS AND ATTORNEYS WHEN
   RESPONDING TO, INVESTIGATING, AND PROSECUTING INCIDENTS OF
   DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INVOLVING DATING RELATIONSHIPS.


 1       WHEREAS, the quality and character of the State is shaped
 2   and maintained by a safe and nurturing home environment; and
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 4       WHEREAS, the incidence of domestic violence threatens the
 5   safety of affected children and family members, and also
 6   undermines the strength and vitality of society; and
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 8       WHEREAS, the State continues to express its lack of
 9   tolerance and aversion to domestic violence by strengthening
10   laws to foster the elimination of and punishment for violence
11   against family members; and
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13       WHEREAS, domestic violence is defined as violence in
14   intimate relationships, of which dating relationships are a
15   part of; and
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17       WHEREAS, victims of domestic violence who do not live with
18   their partners are unable to obtain the same protection offered
19   to those who either live within the same households or are
20   related; and
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22       WHEREAS, the county police departments and prosecuting
23   attorneys of the four counties are charged with enforcing
24   domestic violence laws by investigating, halting, and
25   ultimately prosecuting household members who abuse their family
26   members; and
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28       WHEREAS, the effectiveness and success of the police
29   departments and county prosecutors are possible only with a
30   clear understanding and enforcement of the law and prosecution
31   thereof; and
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33       WHEREAS, the definition of dating relationships is too
34   ambiguous and would be open to many differing interpretations
35   to effectively prevent and deter further abuse; now, therefore,

 
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 1       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
 2   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
 3   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that the police departments and
 4   the prosecuting attorney's offices of each county are urged to
 5   conduct adequate and appropriate training for their police
 6   officers and attorneys regarding the inclusion of dating
 7   relationships in the definition of "household member" when
 8   responding to, investigating, and prosecuting incidents of
 9   domestic violence; and
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11       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, acknowledging a scarcity of
12   resources to accomplish the training, the Hawaii State
13   Commission on the Status of Women, the Domestic Violence
14   Clearinghouse, Hawaii Lawyers Care, the Legal Aid Society, Na
15   Loio, and other interested organizations are urged to offer
16   coordinated support to further enhance this effort; and
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18       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
19   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Chiefs of Police of
20   each county, the Prosecuting Attorney of each county, the
21   Executive Directors of the Hawaii State Commission on the
22   Status of Women, the Domestic Violence Clearinghouse, Hawaii
23   Lawyers Care, the Legal Aid Society, and Na Loio, and the
24   President of the State of Hawaii Organization of Police
25   Officers.
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