Editorial | Letters Letter: Audit of Child Welfare Services is overdue Oct. 31, 2019 Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! Domestic violence is child abuse. Read more Mahalo for reading the Honolulu Star-Advertiser! You're reading a premium story. Read the full story with our Print & Digital Subscription. Subscribe Now Read this story for free: Watch an ad or complete a survey Log In Already a subscriber? Log in now to continue reading this story. Activate Digital Account Print subscriber but without online access? Activate your Digital Account now. Domestic violence is child abuse. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agrees: “In order to respond to the overwhelming issues associated with domestic violence, child welfare professionals need to understand these issues and know how to identify them as well as assess and provide treatment to children affected.” One solution is to update Hawaii Revised Statutes 587 (the state’s Child Protective Act) to include assessments for domestic violence in child welfare cases and ongoing assessments of currently licensed caregivers for domestic abuse histories. The state can then be in full compliance with federal law and better protect families in their care. An overdue audit of Hawaii’s Child Welfare Services (CWS) is a good starting point, focusing on domestic violence as a precursor for entering CWS and taking a serious look at how the family courts are doing to protect victims of abuse caught up in the child welfare system. Shana W. Logan Hilo Click here to read more Letters to the Editor. Previous Story Letter: Local folks may not want Ala Moana playground Next Story Name in the News: William Aila Jr.