DV Survivor says law enforcement failed to pursue case - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

DV Survivor says law enforcement failed to pursue case

HPD Pictures from scene HPD Pictures from scene
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

She had to have 8 staples in the back of her head and had bruises on the side of her body, but the alleged attacker was not arrested at the scene, and he was never charged.

The woman -- who doesn't want her name or face shown -- says her ex-boyfriend, a federal firefighter, body slammed her to the pavement, then slammed her head on the ground. It happened on March 1 outside their home.

The woman says she flagged down a driver for help.  He called 911.  

She claims the responding officer knew the firefighter so she had the good samaritan take pictures of her injuries at the scene.  She says she was worried that her case wasn't going to be properly handled.  

After her wounds were treated, the woman learned, Honolulu Police told the hospital psychologist that she did this to herself and was suicidal. The woman immediately corrected the psychologist, "I need to speak to somebody about Domestic Violence because my family's about to be torn apart." 

More than a month later, on April 21, the firefighter turned himself in for assault.

The woman says no one from the Honolulu Prosecutors Office ever called her or the good samaritan for an interview and we learned, the office actually declined the case, saying the victim's statements to police were inconsistent and that they'd have a hard time proving the case beyond a reasonable doubt. 

"When something happens to somebody close to you, and I'm talking, you have a daughter, you have a niece, you have sisters.  If anything were to happen to them and they didn't find justice, try to put yourself in the victim's shoes," the woman says.

The woman was one of several people who met with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell Thursday, while he proclaimed October, Domestic Violence Awareness month.  Law enforcement and lawmakers say they take family abuse cases seriously but so far, this woman says, she hasn't seen any evidence of it.

Copyright 2015 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly