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.
Nothing has been confirmed as of yet, but we will be keeping an eye on this story as it unfolds: Woman’s body recovered on Maui, man taken into police custody | KHON2 Hawaii’s News Leader. Too tragic:
Maui Police Department responded to a report of a domestic dispute on Thursday involving a man and woman on Kahekili Highway near mile marker 37, in the area of Nakalele Point.
Upon arrival at scene, officers observed a man in the area and upon attempting to contact the man, he fled and jumped off a cliff and into the ocean.
The Maui Fire Department and United States Coast Guard were contacted and responded to assist in rescuing the male.
Officers reported finding the body of an unknown unresponsive female about an hour later
Also over the weekend was a non lethal apparent DV altercation, where a man threatened a woman with a knife in Honolulu:
A 61-year-old man is police custody after allegedly threatening a 45-year-old woman with a knife in downtown Honolulu.
The victim told officers she was threatened with a knife during an argument at 1:30 this morning. Police arrested the suspect on suspicion of first degree terroristic threatening