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Spotlighting Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October

October 12, 2023 Jennifer Magdaloyo

October is designated as Domestic Violence Awareness month.  The UHWO Compliance Hui will be sponsoring a Domestic Awareness Event on Tuesday October 31, 2023 from 10 am – 2 pm in the Learning Outdoor space to raise awareness for this issue.

To help spotlight Domestic Violence Awareness month, the UHWO library has compiled some resources for any student, faculty or staff struggling or looking for more information on domestic violence.


According to the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women:

“Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, psychological, or technological actions or threats of actions or other patterns of coercive behavior that influence another person within an intimate partner relationship. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.”

Domestic violence abuse can occur between family members and/or intimate partners while intimate partner violence specifically focuses on abuse that occurs between intimate partners.

Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence or intimate partner violence, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, faith or class.  Forms of abuse for domestic violence and/or intimate partner violence can include:

  • physical
  • sexual
  • emotional
  • economic/financial
  • psychological
  • technological

Please see the OVW website for more information and explanations on domestic violence and forms of abuse.


To start, here is the UHWO Library Research Guide for Domestic Violence Resources, which contains links to community resources as well general research tips and information on how to navigate UHWO library databases.

Here are some specific book titles and online videos in the library collection that may be of interest as well.

No visible bruises cover

No Visible Bruises
By Rachel Louise Snyder

Currently, UHWO does not have access to this book in their collection but it can be requested from other UH institutions and picked up at UHWO library.

In this book the author explores the scope of domestic violence in the United States by using the stories of victims, first responders, and politicians to explore and disrupt common myths and stigmas surrounding domestic violence.


Men's experience of violence cover photoMen’s Experiences of Violence in Intimate Relationships

By Marianne Inez Lien& Jorgen Lorentzen

This book contributes to the research on intimate partner violence by surveying men’s experiences with violence from both male and female partners in Norway. The authors argue that the traditional gender power model should be modified and supplemented, and propose that we consider violence in terms of psychological supremacy, rather than in terms of femininity and masculinity.


domestic violence and sexuality coverDomestic Violence and Sexuality: What’s Love Got to Do With It? 
By Catherine Donovan and Marianne Hester

This book discusses domestic violence in same-sex relationships and offers a unique comparison with heterosexual relationships and challenging the heteronormative models in domestic violence research, policy, and practice.  It examines how experiences of domestic violence and abuse may be shaped by gender, sexuality and age, including whether and how victims/survivors seek help, and asks, what’s love got to do with it?

My partner, my enemy cover photosMy Partner, My Enemy: An Unflinching View of Domestic Violence and New Ways to Protect Victims
By John Michael Leventhal

The author Hon. John Leventhal presided over the Brooklyn Felony Domestic Violence Court (the first felony domestic violence part in the nation from 1996).  He aims to shed light on the invisible nature of domestic violence and tries to offer solutions to the problem of domestic violence and ways to better help victims.



Body Keeps the Score video screen shot

The Evolution of Psychotherapy.  The Body Keeps the Score: Integration of Mind, Brain, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma (Online Video)
Speaker: Bessel A. Van der Kolk

Bessel A. Van der Kolk is the author of “The Body Keeps the Score” book which studies how the brain and body is affected by trauma.  This video explains the neuroscience behind trauma and showcases demonstrations of body oriented therapies and other approaches to healing trauma victims.


Abusive ending cover pic

Abusive Endings: Separation and Divorce Violence Against Women 
By Walter Dekeseredy, Molly Dragiewicz, Martin Schwartz

This books provides a description of why and how men abuse women in a myriad of ways during and after a separation or divorce.   The material includes stories and voice of both perpetrators and survivors of abuse as told to the authors.




PBS Insight screen shotInsights on PBS Hawaii: Domestic Violence (Online Video)
Host: Lara Yamada ; Directed by Joy Chong-Stannard.

This video showcases the host with a panel discussion on domestic violence in Hawaii, with special attention to the increased risk of violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Title IX Compliance Team at UHWO

    • They can address any allegations of sex discrimination and gender-based violence involving students, employees and/or visitors or third parties at UH West Oʻahu
    • Offer meetings with the campus Confidential Resource if someone us unsure if they want to make a complaint
    • The Compliance Hui website on Domestic Violence Awareness 

Behavior Intervention Team (BIT)

    • The mission of the UH West Oʻahu Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) is to promote a safe and effective learning and working environment for the UH West Oʻahu community.
    • Contact the BIT with concerns about the physical, emotional, and behavioral well-being or safety of a UH West Oʻahu student, faculty, staff or community member.
    • They also assist individuals of concern and campus community members affected by the concerning behavior reported

Here is the main website for UHWO Compliance where you can find more information and links to make an incident report.


If you or someone you know are experiencing intimate partner violence these resources are provide information/knowledge about domestic violence and services that can help survivors in Hawai’i.

Header image: Anonymous activist showing placard with anti violence inscription by Anete Lusina has an open Pexels license.

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