People Rally Against Deadly Cases of Domestic Abuse

Stacey Moniz
Stacey Moniz
Carol Lee
Carol Lee

(KHNL)  Advocates against domestic violence say two many women have died because of abuse.

And they say it needs to stop.

Demonstrators staged a silent march Tuesday night at Honolulu Hale.

They walk in silence, but the words on their signs speak volumes.

They want an end to domestic violence.

In the past month alone four women have lost their lives to domestic violence.

"This many murders in our community should outrage us all," said Stacey Moniz who heads up a women's shelter on Maui.

She also survived an abusive relationship.

Moniz explained, "One night I saw the effects of the violence on my older child, my son and I knew something had to change. That's when I left for good."

She was one of the lucky ones.

"There has been an increase in the number of domestic violence homicides in Hawaii, " said Carol Lee, with the Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

She says there has been 5 deaths related to domestic violence this year, reversing a declining trend.

And that's not all.

According to Lee, "the most lethal time for person who's living with domestic violence can be when she tries to leave the relationship."

But Lee says there is help.

And this is time to get it at a shelter.

"So they have a place that they can go at time they're trying to end the relationship to avoid a lethal situation," said Lee.

She says the key is for victims to have the strength to walk away from an abusive situation.

"It's a huge step, it's huge step for any women to reach out and ask for help, but once she's done that, things will never be the same."