Big Island Filipinos rebuilding after spike in domestic violence cases (Special Report Part 3)
HILO, HAWAII — Slow moving molten lava is not what scares some women on the Big Island — but another kind of threat that they are trying to survive.
Rose Bautista says the number of domestic violence cases on the island, particularly in the Filipino community, is disturbing.
One of the most comprehensive studies on the issue released in 2016 looked at cases from all islands from 2000 to 2009.
It reported that although Filipinos make up 15 percent of the state’s 2010 population, 30 percent of fatal domestic violence victims were Filipinos.
Bautista tells us she didn’t have to see the study — the problem was erupting.
If you need help or you know someone who needs help, please call the police or the 24-hour hotline at 808-959-8864.
A woman with two small children recently escaped from her husband who threatened to kill her. She agreed to speak to us, but asked us to conceal her voice and identity for their safety. They are now staying at a safe house organized by Bautista and Ating Bahay Group, taking their first steps in building a new life.