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Hawaiʻi State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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The gender-based violence movement is inextricably linked to other social justice movements.

This year’s conference theme, From the Margins to the Center: Building Solidarity Across Movements, is intended to center the experience of survivors of domestic violence who are too often at the margins of our community and acknowledge the intersections with colonialism, racism, ableism, and homophobia, among others in order to strengthen our response to domestic violence.

To help ensure broad participation at our annual conference, HSCADV is offering discounted tickets to the community. Discounted tickets support those with limited resources who are not able to attend the conference without assistance. The discount is intended to help diversify participation in the conference and ensure inclusivity in our community.  We encourage people of color, Indigenous people, people from other historically marginalized communities, individuals from diverse backgrounds, and survivors of domestic violence to use this ticket option if they cannot attend this conference without financial assistance.  Registration will close on June 7 at 11:59pm HST.

ASL, captioning, and spoken language interpretation provided.

TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2021

Welcome: Angelina Mercado, HSCADV Executive Director

Keynote Address: Dr. Valli Kalei Kanuha


Kuleana and Community: For Kanaka and Other Pacific Islanders in Hawaiʻi

The panel theme Kuleana & Community will tap into state and community efforts to  address domestic violence in Hawai‘i. Kuleana refers to responsibility and privilege; it is  also an individual and communal duty. This discussion aims to identify and expand  upon individual and communal kuleana towards domestic violence in our Kānaka and Pacific Islander communities. The discussion will be led by leaders from various arenas in Kānaka and Pacific Islander communities to broaden our understanding and efforts in  addressing domestic violence. 

Learning Objectives 

    • To educate the audience on circumstances contributing to domestic violence, and therefore various ways to address domestic violence, in  Kanaka and Pacific Islander communities.  
    • This panel shall provide the audience with a diverse group of community  driven individuals who are working to address domestic violence through  their own purpose driven kuleana to exemplify possible pathways for  everyone to contribute to this cause.  
    • The goal is to activate our communities to engage and to take action in this  shared kuleana and to enhance our understanding of domestic violence  amongst Kanaka and Pacific Islanders.


Survivor Defined & Centered Advocacy

Introduction and familiarizing advocates to trauma-informed, research justice and language justice principles. Conversations and case studies so that community based organizations and systems honor and understand that survivors have culturally different histories and experiences that determine the “fit” of supports and resources. Healing is not dependent on an organization – positive self-care practices encouraged for survivors and advocates. The organization strives to accommodate the survivor and not the other way around. 

Learning Objectives

    • Understand community engagement and survivor centered advocacy 
    • Understand key issues regarding survivor defined and centered advocacy 
    • Learn from innovative survivor centered  engagement strategies in the API communities
    • Identify and or develop  your and your organization’s survivor centered community engagement strategies 


Queerness And Justice: Exploring The Intersectionality Of Violence

In this workshop, participants will:​

    • This workshop will set the stage by defining important terminology including, but not limited to, transgender, cisgender, deadnaming, pronouns, and the difference between sex and gender.
    • Attendees to the workshop will learn about the concept of intersectionality, and in particular, why that framework is key to understanding the experiences of victims, especially those that identify as LGBTQ.
    • This workshop will have a special screening of Kapaemahu, an Oscar-nominated short animated film directed and written by Kumu Hina. The film will help to illustrate the inextricable link between sexuality, gender and culture. It will set the stage for the conversation that developing practices that affirm sexuality and gender also goes hand in hand with affirming cultural identity.
    • Furthermore, panelists will highlight the complexities victims who are queer face that prevent them from seeking justice such as fear of being outed or fear of being mistreated.
    • In the rare case that victims do seek help, this workshop will explore what barriers victims face, with the hopes that those who interface with victims can be better advocates and service providers.


Spiritual Abuse: Frequently Utilized, Difficult to Identify

Spiritual abuse involves the misuse of divine beings, sacred texts, and cultural, familial, religious, and societal practices and teachings to encourage, justify and proclaim male entitlement and male privilege and to promote female subjugation. It can be overt or subtle in nature and, frequently, is difficult to identify. 

Learning Objectives

    • Articulate a working definition of Spiritual Abuse
    • Identify spiritually abusive tactics and how these are used against victims-survivors of domestic violence
    • Utilize practical steps when dealing with victims-survivors and offenders of spiritual abuse


Assessing Risk Of Homicide Or Near Lethal Violence In Collaboration With Survivors – Centering Their Experiences 

This session will introduce advocates, activists, and DV Service Providers to using the Danger Assessment in collaboration with survivors as a basis for safety planning.  The Danger Assessment (DA) with its calendar is a way to help DV Survivors gain an accurate assessment of their risk of homicide or near-lethal violence from their abusive partner and how to reduce that risk.  The session will also introduce the DA-I (DA for Immigrant women) the DA—Circle for Indigenous women, the DA-R for women in same-sex relationships, and the myPlan app that contains the DA.  Attendees will be qualified for certifications in the DA and will receive instructions on how to obtain.


Engaging Men & Boys

Athletic coaches play an extremely influential and unique role in the lives of young men. Because of these relationships, coaches are poised to positively influence how young men think and behave, both on and off the field. Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) is the only evidence-based prevention program that trains and motivates high school coaches to teach their young male athletes healthy relationship skills and that violence never equals strength. In this workshop, we will present an overview of the CBIM program as well as discuss salient questions, such as; What’s the benefit of a program targeting student-athletes? Why utilize coaches to implement the program? What is the history of CBIM and how do we know it works? Can this program help my community?


Navigating Conflict: Elevating Emotional Safety And Relational Repair

Conflict can arise from differences or disagreement in values, motivations, perceptions, understandings, ideas, or desires. Sometimes these disconnections seem like small things, but when conflict co-exists with strong feelings and traumatic experiences, the concerns become large, and the stakes for survivors can be very high. Often, survivors’ sense of safety and staffs’ capacities to offer effective support are at risk. This workshop will offer an approach for conflict mapping and strategies to support resolution and relational repair. 

Learning Objectives

    • Participants will contribute to the discussion about conflict as it shows up in their work.
    • Participants will explore the source and nature of conflict using a conflict mapping resource.
    • Participants will consider strategies to effectively navigate conflict through prioritizing emotional safety.
    • Participants will gain strategies to promote restoration and relational repair. 



Networking Event


Negotiating With Allies About Survivor Confidential Information 

Sometimes, the hardest part of protecting survivor privacy is responding to requests (or even demands) for information that come from partners, allies, even friends in the community. While advocates may feel very comfortable refusing a batterer’s demand for information, it can be very uncomfortable to say no to a collaborative partner who you trust and whose cooperation you need in other areas of your work. This session will dispel the myth that confidentiality doesn’t apply to the “good guys”, will share skills for having conversations with allies about survivor confidentiality, and provide practice for developing your response to such requests.

Learning Objectives:

    • Understand how confidentiality in victim services applies to organizational partners, allies, and government agencies
    • Develop skills for discussing confidentiality with allies in ways that preserve the relationship
    • Analyze scenarios to practice the skills and test understanding of confidentiality in communities


To Live Without Fear And Violence: Serving Survivors Of Domestic Violence With Disabilities

People with disabilities are more likely to experience violence than people without disabilities and are more in need of healing, legal, and advocacy services. However, despite this increased need, survivors of domestic violence with disabilities face barriers. Receiving services following domestic violence is difficult even under the best of circumstances. For people with various types of disabilities, navigating the required paperwork, legal processes, and even the services themselves can be daunting. This session will help equip domestic violence advocates with the tools that they need to ensure that their services are welcoming and accessible for survivors with disabilities. 

In this session, domestic violence advocates will:

    • Increase their familiarity with survivors with disabilities, including disability related information and domestic violence dynamics specific to people with disabilities; 
    • Explore best practices for serving survivors of domestic violence with disabilities; and 
    • Develop skills to best serve survivors with disabilities. 


Advocate Recognition Awards Ceremony & Closing
Conference Speakers
Woman-profile On The Beach

Valli Kalei Kanuha, MSW, PhD

Valli Kalei Kanuha, born and raised in Hilo, Hawaiʻi is the daughter of a Native Hawaiian father and Nisei mother. Dr. Kanuha considers herself an indigenous, critical feminist, activist-practitioner-scholar with…

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S. Khan

Sarah Khan

Sarah Khan, is the Director of Programs at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based  Violence. As the Director of Programs, she oversees the coordination and  administration of all aspects of…

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Al Miles

Rev. Al Miles

Rev. Al Miles was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. He received his undergraduate degree from  Anderson University, and his Master of Divinity degree at the Anderson School of Theology. …

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J. Campbell

Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN

Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor and Anna D. Wolf Chair at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.  Dr. Campbell’s major area of research is violence against women…

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Ian F. Tapu

Tapu was born and raised in Hauula, Hawaii and is a proud graduate of Kahuku High School and later went on to receive his degree from Dartmouth College, majoring in…

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Ed Flores

Ed Flores has served as the Executive Director of Ala Kuola since 2005 and is one of its co-founders.  Ala Kuola assists victims of domestic abuse with the preparation and…

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Clara D. Priester

Clara D. Priester holds a deep-rooted devotion to advocacy and ministry with survivors of domestic violence and incarcerated women. In 2011, she was appointed Executive Director for the Woman’s Board…

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Cathy Cave

Cathy Cave has more than 30 years’ experience as an administrator, facilitator and consultant specializing in cultural inclusion, equity, anti-racism work and disparities elimination, trauma informed services and supports, case…

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C. Melenani Wai‘alae

Melenani Wai‘alae is a Kanaka survivor of domestic violence and single mother of  two girls. She presently works as a Family Law Attorney at Greg Ryan & Associates,  where she…

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Ashley Brompton

Ashley Brompton has been a program associate at the Vera Institute of Justice Center on Victimization and Safety since 2016.  At Vera, Ashley provides technical assistance to victim service providers…

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Alicia L. Aiken, J.D.

Alicia Aiken has dedicated 25 years to working within the public and non-profit sectors to further social justice for people living in poverty and surviving violence. Alicia brings a deep…

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