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…”
AUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -The man accused of killing a California woman on Maui entered a plea of not guilty in court Tuesday morning.
Gerald Galaway is accused of killing Santa Cruz attorney Celestial Cassman on September 1 near Nakalele point in West Maui.
In court, Galaway pleaded not-guilty to charges including second-degree murder, attempted first-degree sexual assault, and kidnapping.
Circuit Court Judge Joseph E. Cardoza ordered a pre-trial conference for November 2, and a jury trial begins December 5.
The 38-year-old Galaway was taken yesterday from the hospital to prison.
Police say Galaway had been hospitalized after jumping off a 100-foot cliff near the point as officers approached.
Galaway and Cassman were on vacation and had just checked into their Kaanapali hotel the day before the murder. Autopsy results show she was choked to death.
Galaway is being held without bail.
The Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (HSCADV) has launched a new blog, Purple Ribbons Hawaii, to raise awareness of the toll our communities pay due to the epidemic of domestic violence, as well as to provide a space for community response to DV homicides. The blog can be found here.