Guiding Victims To Safety
Wednesday - December 28, 2011 Share
By Leslie Cintron,
Representative, Ala Kuola
Founded in 2006, the mission of the Hawaii Family Law Clinic, doing business as Ala Kuola, is to assist victims of domestic violence to attain safety, peace and healing.
Our services include assistance with filing a petition for temporary restraining orders (TRO), court assistants who act as neutral parties to facilitate discussions between the petitioner and the respondent, and outreach services on Oahu. Families and individuals are referred to additional services such as counseling, shelter, legal services and advocacy.
To obtain a TRO, at least one of the following relationships between petitioner and respondent must apply: spouses, former spouses, persons who are or were formerly dating, persons who have a child in common, persons related by blood, and persons jointly residing or formerly resided in the same dwelling. Parents may also file on behalf of their children, and family or household members may file on behalf of an incapacitated person.
In 2010 Ala Kuola assisted with approximately 36 percent of all cases docketed on Oahu, and in 2011,Ala Kuola assisted with 36 percent of all cases filed in Honolulu.
Mr. and Mrs. Q, who are both in their late 70s, have a middle-aged son who is a substance abuser. When their son got violent toward them, they turned to Ala Kuola to file a TRO in order to protect themselves.
Ms. M, aged 23, was experiencing a difficult pregnancy and about to give birth. Even from the hospital, she was being threatened by her boyfriend. Ala Kuola provided outreach services to her at the hospital and assisted her with the filing of the TRO.
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