What is the legal definition of domestic abuse in Hawaii?
This section defines domestic abuse for the purposes of getting an order for protection from family court.
Hawaii law defines “domestic abuse” as the occurrence of one or more of the following things between family or household members:
- physical harm/ bodily injury/ assault;
- the threat of imminent physical harm/ bodily injury/ assault;
- extreme psychological abuse (ongoing behavior/actions towards you that seriously disturbs or continually bothers you and has no purpose, causing you extreme emotional distress);
- malicious property damage (purposely causing damage to your property to try and cause you emotional distress); and/or
- sexual offenses committed by an adult against a child which include:
- sexual assault in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th degrees;
- continuous sexual assault of a minor under the age of fourteen;
- indecent exposure;
- promoting child abuse in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degrees;
- electronic enticement of a child in the 1st and 2nd degrees; and
- indecent electronic display to a child.1
1 HRS § 586-1