Restitution and Victim Services

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

  • Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status.
  • Every 9 seconds, a woman in the U.S. is beaten or assaulted by a current or ex-significant other.
  • 1 in 4 men are victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.
  • Statistics suggest that almost 5 percent of male homicide victims each year are killed by an intimate partner.
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The “Day of Unity” soon evolved into a week, and in October of 1987, the first National Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. In 1989 Congress passed Public Law 101-112, officially designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has been passed each year since.
  • Wear Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Day, also known as Purple Thursday- observed Thursday, October 24, 2019.  It has been observed Thursday of the third full week in October since 2010.


  • Feast for PeaceALL of OCTOBER
  • DVAC and 13 local restaurants have partnered to promote DV awareness month.  A portion of the proceeds from a specific menu item will be donated to DVAC, so dine out, make a pau hana date, and support!  
  • These are the participating restaurants: Aloha Beer Company, Brick Fire Tavern, Encore Saloon, Honolulu BeerWorks, Kalapawai Market (all 3 locations), Kamoa’s Kitchen, Merriman’s (Ward Villiage), Murphy’s Bar & Grill, Olay’s Thai Express, Side Street Inn on Da Strip, Square Barrels, Zia’s Caffé, and KōHana Rum.
  • We’ll be showcasing each restaurant and their menu items on social media so also please repost, share and LIKE!
  • You can also see what all the menu items are at: (details coming soon for some restaurants).

PRIDE Parade – Saturday, October 19th, 10am



Assisting Hawai’i Victims

One of the goals of victim service systems is to develop and expand the capacity to serve victims through various networks of organizations and agencies so that every victim has access to a comprehensive, coordinated, seamless service delivery system.

The Department of Public Safety introduces its newly developed Restitution and Victim Services (RAVS) program funded by the Victims of Crime Act grant which provides information, support, and referral assistance to crime victims and the general public.


Restitution Collection and Victim Assistance

Our centralized core team is responsible for ensuring that court ordered restitution is collected and disbursed to the Crime Victim Compensation Commission (CVCC) for payment to victims, survivors, or other payees. We work closely with our jail/correctional facility staff to ensure that restitution activities are being consistently managed for the duration of an offender’s incarceration.

Receiving restitution? Please click here to take the Restitution Client Satisfaction Survey!
We are here to answer questions that victims of crime or the public may have regarding restitution, compensation, victim notification services (HI SAVIN/VINE), offender’s custody/release, and the criminal justice process; and to give information and referrals to other services and resources that crime victims may need.



Restitution and Victim Services


Ph. (808) 587-2550
Fax. (808) 587-2554
919 Ala Moana Boulevard, 4th Floor
Honolulu, HI 96814
How are we doing? Please let us know!
Click ‘here’ to take our survey.
VINE – Victim Information Notification Everyday
HI SAVIN – Hawai`i’s Statewide Automated Victim
Information & Notification Service
1-877-VINE-4-HI (Toll-free 1-877-846-3444)
This product was produced by the Department of Public Safety, Restitution and Victim Services office and supported by grant number 16-VA-23 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice through the State of Hawai‘i Department of the Attorney General. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the State of Hawai‘i Department of the Attorney General or the U.S. Department of Justice.


Victim Resources

Victim/Witness Kokua Services
Services for Victims and Witnesses

The main goal of the Victim/Witness Kokua Services is to provide specialized services to victims/witnesses of violent crime who are going through the criminal justice system. These crimes include as saults, sexual assaults, terroristic threatening, kidnapping, reckless endangering, spouse/partner abuse, child abuse, and elder abuse. Surviving family members of homicide, manslaughter, and negligent homicide cases receive support services and case information.

Services provided by the Victim/Witness Counselors include:

  • Orientation to the Criminal Justice System
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Assistance with Filing a Misdemeanor Criminal Complaint Case Status Information
  • Court Accompaniment
  • Social Service Referrals
  • Application for Crime Victims Compensation

Rights of Victims in Criminal Proceedings
Upon written request, victims of a violent crime and surviving family members may be entitled to the following rights:

  • To be informed of the final disposition of the case
  • To be informed of court continuances
  • To be informed of social services available to victims
  • To be provided with a secure waiting area during court proceedings

If the crime charged is a felony, victims of violent crime and surviving family members may be entitled to additional rights:

  • To be informed whenever the defendant is released from custody
  • To be informed of case status and hearing dates
  • To be consulted and advised about plea bargaining

Victim/Witness Kokua Services
Department of the Prosecuting Attorney
1060 Richards Street, 9th Floor
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813
Office Hours: Mon.-Fri., 7:45-4:30 p.m.

Phone: (808) 768-7401 (Office)
Fax: (808) 768-6417
TTY: (808) 768-7404
Toll Free Calls: 1-800-531-5538