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TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO CONTINUE TO MONITOR
    IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS AND EXPAND THE DOMESTIC
    VIOLENCE WORKING GROUP TO ENCOMPASS ISSUES RELATING TO
    CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS.
 


 1        WHEREAS, domestic violence is among the most critical
 2   issues impacting the lives of the people of Hawaii today,
 3   affecting their health and economic viability and endangering
 4   their lives and often the lives of their children; and
 5   
 6        WHEREAS, the Domestic Violence Working Group, convened as
 7   a result of House Concurrent Resolution No. 65, H.D. 1, Regular
 8   Session of 1999, began a review of policies and procedures of
 9   the criminal justice system as they relate to domestic violence
10   among adults during the summer of 1999; and
11   
12        WHEREAS, the Domestic Violence Working Group submitted a
13   report titled "Domestic Violence and the Criminal Justice
14   System in Hawaii" to the Twentieth Legislature, State of
15   Hawaii, Regular Session of 2000, identifying gaps and making
16   recommendations; and
17   
18        WHEREAS, having made recommendations, many of which
19   involve neither funding nor legislation, the Domestic Violence
20   Working Group finds that there now is a need to monitor and
21   assess the implementation of those recommendations; and
22   
23        WHEREAS, a coordinating body is necessary to undertake the
24   monitoring and assessment tasks; and
25   
26        WHEREAS, the Domestic Violence Working Group has direct
27   knowledge of the bases of the recommendations that were made;
28   and
29   
30        WHEREAS, the membership of the original working group was
31   limited and did not include private and government
32   representatives of child and adolescent services; and
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 1        WHEREAS, accordingly, the 1999 Domestic Violence Working
 2   Group felt unable to examine those crucial issues surrounding
 3   children and adolescents involved in domestic violence
 4   situations as witnesses to or victims of partner abuse; now,
 5   therefore,
 6   
 7        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
 8   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
 9   of 2000, the Senate concurring, that the Attorney General is
10   requested to establish a 2000 Domestic Violence Working Group
11   to:
12   
13        (1)  Oversee the implementation of the recommendations
14             made in the "Domestic Violence and Criminal Justice
15             System in Hawaii" report submitted to the Legislature
16             and act as the coordinating body for the monitoring
17             and assessment of that process; and
18   
19        (2)  Coordinate an examination of practices and
20             procedures, within the civil and criminal justice
21             system, as they relate to children and youth involved
22             in domestic violence situations as witnesses to or
23             victims of partner abuse;
24   
25   and
26   
27        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 2000 Domestic Violence
28   Working Group include those same representatives as the 1999
29   Domestic Violence Working Group in order to facilitate the
30   continuation of the group's work; and
31   
32        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 2000 Domestic Violence
33   Working Group be charged with including input from the relevant
34   child and adolescent service community, including but not
35   limited to the following:
36   
37        (1)  The Hawaii Youth Services Network;
38   
39        (2)  Youth service providers;
40   
41        (3)  A representative from Department of Human Services;
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 1        (4)  A representative from the Office of Youth Services;
 2             and
 3   
 4        (5)  A representative from the Department of Health;
 5   
 6   and
 7   
 8        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Attorney General submit
 9   the findings and recommendations of the 2000 Domestic Violence
10   Working Group to the Legislature no later than twenty days
11   prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2001; and
12   
13        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
14   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Chief Justice of
15   the Hawaii Supreme Court, the Attorney General, the Director of
16   Public Safety, the Director of Human Services, the Director of
17   Health, the Director of the Office of Youth Services, the
18   Prosecuting Attorney of each county, the Chief of Police of
19   each county, and the Executive Directors of the Hawaii State
20   Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Hawaii State
21   Commission on the Status of Women.
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