The Prosecuting Attorney's Office has a special unit to prosecute domestic violence cases in a fair and timely manner. A victim / witness counselor is assigned to this unit to address the needs and concerns of victims of spousal / partner abuse.
Domestic violence is a serious problem in our community. The County of Maui has therefore instituted a Domestic Violence Task Force to coordinate efforts. Task force members include the Prosecutor's Domestic Violence Unit, the police, and community groups such as PACT
(Parents and Children Together
), Women Helping Women
, and Child and Family Services
The counselor provides crisis counseling, support through the steps of prosecution, preparation for court testimony, and referral for financial assistance. The counselor also works closely with other community agencies that offer shelter and safety, group counseling, advocacy, and court accompaniment.