Domestic Violence Action Center



Domestic Violence Action Center is dedicated to effectively addressing domestic violence through compassionate direct services and informed technical assistance. The dual commitment to survivors at risk and an informed community are foundational for the organization in response to this costly complex problem.


Domestic Violence Action Center opened in 1990 as a small 2-person program and has grown to a staff of 52. With compassion and expertise, staff provide specialized and unduplicated services to the community. Since 2000, staff completed 70,039 safety plans with survivors, attorneys made 9,109 court appearances, 6,435 advocacy cases were opened and 7,073 legal cases have been opened. Strengths based and culturally responsive advocacy is offered to adult and youth survivors, who are in an abusive relationship, or some stage of decision-making about their options. After 27 years of servant leadership to island families, the organization has become known as a leading voice delivering high quality programs:

  • helpline
  • legal representation in Family Court
  • advocacy/case management for survivors
  • on-site court outreach in restraining order courts and dv criminal courts
  • outreach, education and advocacy to teens experiencing violence statewide
  • culturally specific programs for native Hawaiian, Japanese and Filipino survivors
  • community building
  • community education and materials development
  • advocacy for system reform
  • employer training – Act 206
  • Men’s March Against Violence
  • public awareness
  • technical assistance
  • LGBTQ training


Domestic Violence Action Center seeks a comprehensive approach to a stable budget. Annually, the agency hosts Chipping Away at Domestic Violence, golf tournament, Poinsettias for Peace (plants for holiday celebration), Men’s March Against Violence, Beauty of It All for Mother’s Day, Giving Tuesday in November and Feast for Peace during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.



Nanci Kreidman, M.A., Chief Executive Officer


Rex Fujichaku, Bronster, Fujichaku Robbins

Ikaika Hussey, Summit Magazine

Wendy Nakasone, HMSA

Michele Kurihara-Klein, HGEA

Kaipo Bailey-Walsh, St Andrew’s Schools

Marsha Bolson, ret. Kamehameha Schools

Joy Bliss, Chaminade University Faculty of Nursing

Sandra Lacar, ret. Servco Pacific

Scot Matayoshi, Schlack Ito

Ashley Nagaoka, Hawaii News Now

Suzanne Young, Honolulu Board of Realtors

Vera Wright, Bank of Hawaii


Domestic Violence Action Center

808-531-3771 (Helpline)

808-534-0040 (Administration)

P.O. Box 3198 Honolulu, HI 96801

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