If you risk injury, or worse, from a relative or any person close to you, you may need to take legal action to keep yourself safe from harm. While Hawaii law permits you to obtain protective orders (also known as restraining orders) against a potential offender, taking an incorrect step in the process can cause delays long enough to expose you to continued danger.
About 61 percent of domestic violence offenders have problems with substance abuse. In fact, many victims of domestic violence may eventually turn to alcohol or other intoxicants as a means for coping with their circumstances. While substance abuse treatment alone does not automatically cure domestic violence, it can play a vital role in helping offenders understand and correct their behavior. Additionally, pursuing voluntary treatment before trial can potentially help convicted offenders receive lighter sentencing.
Domestic violence laws vary widely from state to state. Based on their domestic violence arrest statutes, states are considered mandatory, preferred, or discretionary arrest states. Hawaii is one of several discretionary arrest states.