HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.R. NO.54            
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE RESOLUTION

REQUESTING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO CONVENE A WORKING GROUP TO
   LOOK AT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES OF THE
   CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM ON OAHU AND IDENTIFY GAPS.



 1       WHEREAS, domestic violence is among the most critical
 2   issues impacting the lives of women and girls today, affecting
 3   their health and economic viability, and endangering their
 4   lives and often the lives of their children; and
 5   
 6       WHEREAS, the majority of women murdered in Hawaii are
 7   killed by their partners or boyfriends; and
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 9       WHEREAS, H.B. No. 590 (1999) addresses the problem of
10   domestic violence and sexual assault-related deaths by
11   establishing a protocol for the development and implementation
12   of Adult Death Review Teams to review any adult domestic
13   violence and sexual assault-related deaths; and
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15       WHEREAS, domestic violence service providers, the law
16   enforcement community, and the Attorney General support the
17   concept of Adult Death Review Teams, but do not agree that
18   Adult Death Review Teams are the most appropriate means to
19   reduce the incidence of domestic violence-related homicides and
20   suicides; and
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22       WHEREAS, these groups have agreed that the primary purpose
23   behind an Adult Death Review Team is to identify gaps in the
24   system, including critical and missing information, which would
25   effectively focus Hawaii's law enforcement and service efforts
26   to better meet the victim's needs in establishing a safety net;
27   and
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29       WHEREAS, these groups have also acknowledged the need to
30   have a better understanding of the exact path a victim or
31   perpetrator takes through each of the agencies or programs;
32   now, therefore,
33   
34       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
35   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
36   of 1999, that the Attorney General is requested to convene a
37   working group to look at policies and procedures of the
38   criminal justice system on Oahu and identify gaps; and

 
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 1       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the working group include but
 2   not be limited to the following participants:
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 4       (1)  Domestic violence services providers;
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 6       (2)  The Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence;
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 8       (3)  A representative from the Department of Public Safety;
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10       (4)  A representative from the county police departments;
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12       (5)  A representative from the county prosecuting attorney
13            offices;
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15       (6)  One representative each from the Family Court,
16            District Court, and Circuit Court;
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18       (7)  A representative from the Hawaii Paroling Authority;
19            and
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21       (8)  One representative representing probations;
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23   and
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25       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Attorney General submit the
26   findings and recommendations of the working group to the
27   Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of
28   the Regular Session of 2000; and
29   
30       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
31   Resolution be transmitted to the Attorney General, the
32   Executive Directors of the Hawaii State Coalition Against
33   Domestic Violence and the Hawaii State Commission on the Status
34   of Women, the Director of Public Safety, the Prosecuting
35   Attorney of each county, the Chiefs of Police of each county,
36   and the Chief Justice.
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