More than 1,000 men and women joined this afternoon in the 24th annual Men’s March Against Violence 2018 Rally from the State Capitol Rotunda to Iolani Palace.
The event began with a remembrance for the victims of domestic violence in the past year.
Some participants grew up in abusive households, while others were former abusers and victims of domestic violence.
Pearl City resident Stephen D., 48, who asked not to give his full name, said he was marching to bring awareness to the problem of domestic abuse, which was an issue in his family.
“My dad used to get drunk and beat up my mom,” he said. “Witnessing that was pretty traumatic in my life.”
His message to abusers: “Just be aware of what you do because it affects others around you. …Kids might think it’s OK to beat up your significant other.”
Organizers say that each year in Hawaii about 50,000 women between the ages of 18 and 64 are victims of domestic violence.
The event brings awareness to this crisis.