Honolulu FOX affilate KHON has noted a “surge” in deaths linked to domestic violence, citing several cases that have made headlines this month. “At least eight women so far this year appear to have been killed in connection with domestic violence,” KHON reports, “most of them within the past few weeks.” Most of the victims have documented histories of abuse and had filed temporary restraining orders. According to the Department of Human Services, women in Hawaii return to their abusers an average 11 times, almost twice as often as on the mainland. The report also notes that temporary restraining orders are violated more than half the time in Hawaii.
In Honolulu, 39-year-old Zenaida Dumaslan was allegedly stabbed to death in her Pearl City apartment by her boyfriend early Saturday morning. Meanwhile, family and friends of 28-year-old Delphine Haina, who was four months pregnant when she fell or was pushed from her boyfriend’s pickup truck in Punalu`u on Friday, say she was trapped in an abusive relationship.
Last week, 20-year-old Janelle Nardin made a frantic 911 call from her car reporting that her ex-boyfriend was chasing her down a Big Island highway. The crash that followed killed her two passengers and left her hospitalized.