Stop Domestic Violence
We have all been touched by domestic violence. Whether you realize it or not, whether it be a family member, a co-worker, a friend or neighbor, or perhaps you've been there up close and personal and have quietly been witness to someone's rage... all too many victims do not receive the assistance they need.
The Domestic Violence Action Center is here for thousands of people, not limited to low-income families, or to people with substance abuse problems, or only to people who grew up with violence in their homes.
The truth is that middle and upper income families and even public personalities can suffer as well. Their secrets are better kept, and the shame and embarrassment silences many victims from coming forward. One of the myths about domestic violence and spousal abuse is a comment you often hear, “If it's so bad why does she stay?” Why doesn’t the abused person act, report the abuse, leave the abusive situation? Fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of retribution, all kinds of fear immobilizes victims. The threats they've heard from the perpetrators of domestic violence often come from a parent, a relative, a spouse or boyfriend. Over long periods of time those threats create uncertainty, self-doubt, and more fear. Might they be physically hurt again? Will they lose their children? Will they leave penniless, homeless, and dependent on relatives or charity they're not even sure they can secure? And then there is the shame, and that feeling of shame can stop victims and members of their own families from seeking solutions rather than enduring or ignoring years of abuse and violence.
So how can you help? Before you watch or read yet another news story about a domestic quarrel that ended in the death of an innocent victim, make a donation to the Domestic Violence Action Center. www.stoptheviolence.org
Or consider attending "Smile For Angels" a fabulous event where you can meet folks from this organization who can help you or help someone you know who is in trouble.
Date & Time: October 1st, Monday 5:30PM - 8:30PM
Location: Angels by the Sea Hawaii, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort, 2552 Kalakaua Ave.
Honor the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Enjoy complimentary pupu by Cafe Che Pasta while you view new fashion and support the Domestic Violence Action Center. Tammy Mori, KHON2 news anchor will emcee. Featured guests include Miss Hawaii 1962 - Patricial Lei Murray, Miss Hawaii U.S. 2012 - Bo Tanaka, and Miss Hawaii 2012 - Skyler Kamaka. 2012 Lei Day Queen Pomaikai Klein and Ms. Waikiki 2012 Nina Thai (also the owner/designer of Angels by the Sea Hawaii) will be present. Japan's 11-year-old ukulele sensation, Rio Saito, will perform. New fashion products by local designers, raffles and prizes. Make a donation to the Domestic Violence Action Center and receive a discount on your next purchase. Bring friends, enjoy the evening and demonstrate your commitment to bringing peace to island families.
RSVP welcome (but not required). Self parking and validation is available at Waikiki Marriott. Additional parking available at the Honolulu Zoo.