Group of people standing in front of flags

UH Hilo advocates for equal rights gathered at the flag display to show their support for raising awareness about domestic violence. From left, Libby Bailey, Jennifer Stotter, Destiny Rodriguez, Gail Makuakāne-Lundin, Kathryn Besio, Kaleihiʻiikapoli Rapoza and Zachary Street. Photo credit: Kimiko Taguchi.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo created a flag display to raise awareness about domestic violence. Every day, three flags were added to the display to remember the three women who are murdered each day by a former or current intimate partner.

“This visual representation shows some of the effects that domestic violence can have in our community,” says Destiny Rodriguez, confidential advocate and prevention educator at the Office of Equal Employment and Affirmative Action. “On the Big Island, our domestic violence rates are twice the national average, making this problem even more detrimental to our community. By having a visual representation, we hope that our UH Hilo community can see what a big problem this is for all of us.”

The flag display was part of a month of events in October commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The events were organized by the Office of Equal Employment and Affirmative Action, the Women’s Center and other campus groups.

For more about the events, go to UH Hilo Stories.

From UH Hilo Stories