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Delays have big impact on Oahu domestic violence cases

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After getting a temporary restraining order against her husband last year, Kendra O'Brien's civil case to secure a protective order was continued several times, highlighting a problem advocates for domestic violence victims say is common.
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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

Since March 2017 psychologist Kendra O’Brien has had to take off work nearly a dozen times to go to court, mostly because hearings for the temporary restraining order she filed against her husband or the criminal proceedings against him were continued. “It’s not what I expected,” she says. “I thought the process would happen faster.”