Support services are ongoing for families and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault during the COVID-19 emergency period, the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney announced.
“If someone needs services for domestic violence and sexual assault, we want them to seek help,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “It is a matter of concern that from March 20 to April 22 there have been no child forensic interviews at the Children’s Justice Center. There’s no apparent reason for this decline other than it suggests people are unaware that services are available, even during this COVID-19 emergency.”
All of the counties in the state of Hawaii have seen a drop in reported child sexual assault and adult sexual assault cases during the COVID-19 crisis.
For help, victims and families of sexual assault may call the Maui Sexual Assault Center’s hotline at (808) 873-8624. Victims and families of domestic violence may call Parents and Children Together at (808) 243-7001. The emergency phone number for Women Helping Women is (808) 579-9581.