The Domestic Violence Action Center's 20th Anniversary Gala Event


Mar 11, 2010
5:30 pm until 10:00 pm


The Domestic Violence Action Center's 20th Anniversary Gala Event


ABOUT THE 20th Anniversary – MALUHIA



There has been a great deal of progress made in this community to address domestic violence. This is cause for celebration. As a community we have a much deeper understanding of domestic violence and its complexity. We are aware of the challenges to victims, justice system, social services, mental and medical care systems, families and businesses that face domestic violence. We have a better sense of how costly a problem this is. There are programs, and public awareness campaigns, and silent marches and men’s marches, well-trained professionals, dedicated courtrooms, legislative advocacy, free cell phones, cash grants and scholarships for victims to return to college. The veil of secrecy and silence has been lifted, to a significant degree.




The Domestic Violence Action Center has been a large part of the ongoing efforts. It has been a rich and fulfilling 20 years. The agency has helped to blaze the trail, light the path and influence community discourse about the problem of domestic violence.




  • The celebration will maintain visibility and highlight the importance of our community’s continuing commitment to domestic violence services and prevention.


  • This celebration will also honor community members and businesses who have been instrumental in advancing the community response.


  • The celebration will anchor the domestic violence action center and enable


its continued service to victims, families, and youth.




MISSION:   The Domestic Violence Action Center is committed to ending domestic violence and other forms of abuse through leadership, prevention, legal services, individual and systemic advocacy and social change work.


We believe all persons should be treated with equality, dignity and fairness. With high quality and culturally sensitive programs, delivered with integrity and compassion we are creating safety and self-sufficiency for survivors and their children.





About The Domestic Violence Action Center



The Domestic Violence Action Center is committed to ending domestic violence and other forms of abuse through leadership, prevention, legal services, individual and systematic advocacy and social change work.



Domestic Violence Action Center was founded in 1990 and incorporated in 1991.      With two staff in the beginning, we are now fully staffed at 38.  Training and education, technical assistance and community building, direct services and public awareness are among the commitments the agency makes to the people of Hawaii.









What we do



Our agency's work involves a commitment to raising public awareness, community building, outreach to immigrant and ethnic communities.  Specialized training, cultural competency and refined expertise in intimate partner abuse are integral to the Domestic Violence Action Center.



Our Services:



·         Client Advocacy

·         Legal Representation

·         Crisis Support

·         Safety Plan

·         Risk Assessment

·         Legal Helpline

·         Referral

·         Accompaniment to Court

·         Teen Outreach







The Domestic Violence Action Center is funded by a combination of donations and government grants.  Each year the organization holds a series of fundraisers to meet the operational needs of the agency.   



DVAC Statistics – Since 2000



·         178,838 contact with callers



  • 3,867 requests for legal representation received
  • 3,397 cases opened
  • 2,894 cases closed
  • 5,360 court appearances by agency attorneys
  • 16,113 hours working on document preparation and in court proceedings
  • 3,754 children in the families served by the agency
  • 15,727 accompaniments with clients to agencies, appointments or court
  • 26, 686 safety plans completed
  • 20,755 risk assessments conducted



20 Years Working for Peace



During the 20th year anniversary of The Domestic Violence Action Center, the agency will be coordinating a variety of events to continue its commitment to raising awareness about Hawaii’s life threatening and costly community problem of domestic violence.  DVAC intends to celebrate its 20 years of progress throughout 2010. At one such event, the 20th Anniversary Gala, the agency will recognize 5 honorees for their outstanding work related to domestic violence. Among those to be recognized for their longstanding support are:





  • Hawaii Women Lawyers - Visionary Leadership Award


The active and inspired women attorneys of Hawaii Women Lawyers realized the need to augment the array of services available in this community to victims of domestic violence. It was the intentional wisdom of this body that contributed to the birth of the Domestic Violence Legal Hotline, which today is the DomesticViolenceActionCenter.




  • Diane Yukihiro Chang - Precious Voice Award


For her work as editorial page editor of Honolulu Star Bulletin; currently at University of Hawaii, member of board of directors of Hawaii Women’s Political Caucus.




  • Verizon Wireless - Corporate Champion Award


Verizon Wireless is the largest U.S. wireless carrier with 89 million customers and is a recognized corporate leader for its commitment to preventing domestic violence and raising awareness of the issue.




  • HMSA - Corporate Stewardship Award


The role of the Hawaii Medical Service Association has been an active and committed corporate partner over the last twenty years.




  • Dr. Salvatore Lanzilotti - Spirit of Advocacy Award


Former member of Mayor Jeremy Harris cabinet, Director of Office of Community Services, Director of Department of Emergency Services, currently Dean of KCC working in chancellor’s office.


Cost $175 per person / for table purchase levels, please see website

Sheraton Waikiki Ballroom
2255 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI
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Additional Information

For more information:


Domestic Violence Actio

Telephone: 808-534-0040
Contact name: Ramit I.
Contact email:

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.