From its start in 1977 as a grassroots effort to provide assistance and support for women victims of domestic violence, Women Helping Women has steadily grown to become an established non-profit agency that provides a comprehensive continuum of services to over 600 women and their children each year. Throughout its 34-year history, Women Helping Women has expanded its organizational capacity to support a variety of programs, projects and activities focused on direct intervention, advocacy, education and prevention. Today, Women Helping Women supports a staff of more than 25 dedicated professionals and is recognized as a statewide leader in domestic violence intervention and prevention.
In 1981, Women Helping Women developed and opened Hale Lokomaikai, Maui’s only emergency shelter facility for victims of domestic violence and their children. In addition to the 24 hour care and crisis management provided at the emergency shelter, Women Helping Women provides a continuum of supportive services and programs to help ensure that all victims of domestic violence on Maui have access to assistance and support that is appropriate to their individual needs. As domestic violence has escalated on Maui, the number of clients served by WHW has increased substantially and in recent years the emergency shelter has consistently operated at full capacity. In 2016, Women Helping Women started a small shelter on Lanai, providing better access to services for the population there. Local offices in Hana and Lahaina also represent the agency’s desire to improve conditions throughout Maui.
The scope of services at the shelter include intake, case management, progress evaluation, system advocacy, support groups, parenting groups, goal setting and review, transportation, group and individual advocacy, and ongoing referrals to various agencies, including legal, medical, housing, welfare, mental health and substance abuse services. Assistance with Temporary Restraining Orders is also available while at the shelter location.