PACT Hawaii
PACT Hawaii

OHIA - DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER

Offering a safe and confidential facility for women and their children who can no longer remain in their homes because of domestic violence. Crisis response is available 24/7. Trained staff assist women with safety and future life planning, and make referrals for housing, legal, and medical needs and recovery support services for those with substance abusing behaviors.

Ohia

After the devastation of a lava flow, the Ohia is one of the first plants that appear. It is delicate and hardy and survives the harshest of climates. "Ohia" is our metaphor for the women and children who come to us for safety.

Ohia Shelter offers a safe place for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Services offered are:

• Individual and group support meetings
• Specialized services for women from an on-site Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
• Specialized services for children from an on-site Children's Advocate
• Personal development classes
• Referrals to legal, medical, financial and housing assistance
• 24 hour crisis and intervention hotline
• Follow up services after discharge

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can involve physical, verbal, mental, sexual and psychological abuse.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE affects people from all socio-economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Although almost anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, women are the most common victims. In homes where domestic violence occurs, children are also at high risk for physical, verbal and mental abuse.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM BEING ABUSED?

Does you spouse or partner:

• Control where you go, what you do and who you spend time with (friends, family, co-workers?)

• Constantly criticize you and your abilities as a spouse, partner, parent, or employee?

• Behave in an overly protective manner?

• Threaten to hurt you, your children, pets, family members, friends or himself?

• Suddenly get angry or lose their temper?

• Destroy your personal property?

• Hit, punch, slap, kick, shove or bite you?

• Prevent your from working or attending school?

• Deny you access to family assets such as bank accounts, credit cards, car or insurance policies?

• Give you an "allowance" and insist that you account for every penny that you spend?

• Force you to have sex against your will or want to engage in sexual acts after abusing you?

• Insult you or call you names, especially in front of others?

• Use intimidation or manipulation to control you or your children?

• Turn minor incidents into major arguments?

• Blame their behavior, temper, stress or use of drugs/alcohol on you?

• Have any of these incidents happened more than once in your relationship?

• Over time, have they increased in number or severity? If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, you may be a victim of domestic violence.

YOU ARE NOT TO BLAME AND YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

IF YOU ARE IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP with your spouse or your partner, call the Ohia Domestic Violence Shelter Access line at 526-2200 anytime. A staff member will speak with you over the phone, to see how we can best help you and advise you about resources that are available through our shelter program or another agency. Your call is completely confidential.

Who is Ohia Shelter for?

Victims of domestic violence and their children, with priority given to those who live on the Windward coast of Oahu.

Is there a fee?

Ohia services are provided free of charge.

Hours of operation
Ohia Domestic Violence Shelter services available 24 hours per day 7 days per week.

Location
Confidential

Contact
Business Line: 808-585-7944
Fax: 808-526-2400
PACT Domestic Violence Support & Shelter Access Line, 24/7: 808-526-2200

Mailing Address
1485 Linapuni Street, Suite 105
Honolulu, HI 96819

 

Ohia is primarily funded by:
The Hawaii Department of Human Services, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and private donations.