Seven of 10 homicide victims in Honolulu this year are victims of domestic violence, including four victims in murder-suicides.
Helena Manzano, manager of the Filipina Rural Project, said there has been a surge in the domestic violence-related murders among Filipinos in Hawai’i over the past 10 years. Without offering statistical data, Manzano said the spike involved a 70 percent increase in Filipino victims.
“The causes are similar across the board but there are unique and special barriers (to seeking help) involving cultural norms within each different ethic group,” Manzano said. “For Filipinos, there’s an undeniable perception of shame, what others will think or say.” See full story: Silent March Calls Attention to Domestic Violence