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Legal Information: Hawaii

Workplace Protections

Updated: 
August 4, 2021

What is considered to be "domestic or sexual violence" under the law?

The law protects victims of “domestic or sexual violence.”1 In Hawaii, domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, means any of the following between family or household members:

  • physical harm or the threat of immediate physical harm;
  • bodily injury or the threat of immediate bodily injury;
  • assault or the threat of an immediate assault;
  • extreme psychological abuse;
  • malicious property damage.2

Sexual violence includes:

A family or household member includes:

  • your current or former spouse;
  • your current or former reciprocal beneficiary,4 which is someone who you have significant personal, emotional, and economic relationships with, but are prohibited from legally marrying;5
  • someone with whom you have a child in common;
  • your parent;
  • your child;
  • someone related to you by blood or marriage;
  • someone with whom you live/lived (Note: This does not include adults who lived together as roommates or who were cohabitants only for economic reasons or due to a lease); and
  • someone who you are dating or used to date.4

1 H.R.S. § 378-72(a)
2 H.R.S. § 586-1
3 H.R.S. § 378-71
4 H.R.S. § 586-1
5 H.R.S. § 572C-2