This incident has captured the public’s attention, but a recent report issued by MPD on an analysis of 2010 reported incidents of the “Abuse of Family or Household Member” points to a situation on Maui regarding domestic violence that Lucy Feinberg, Maui regional director for PACT (Parents and Children Together), has called a “major public health problem facing communities across the U.S.”
According to the report, there was a 37 percent increase in the number of initial reported incidents of abuse of a family member or household member in Maui County for 2010. Of the 3,899 incidents of reported abuse in 2010, 421 resulted in an arrest. In 2009, there were 2,388 incidents of abuse, 451 of which resulted in an arrest.
After reading the MPD domestic violence report and later learning of Cassman’s death, perhaps Feinberg summed it up best when she said, “We have to stop tolerance for intimate partner violence as well as all forms of violence from playground bullying, intimidation, verbal and emotional abuse and up to and including physical assault…”