Honoring the Dean of the Med School in the March of Men Against Violence

2022 men's march
The 2022 Men’s March Against Domestic Violence is back in character since 2019.

The 28th annual Men’s March Against Violence began outside the steps of Honolulu Hill, and for the first time since the pandemic, groups took part in a street rally on October 6. Nearly 100 men participated in the 2022 march against violence.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 10 million women and men are physically abused by an intimate partner each year.

Nancy Creedman and Jeris Hedges
Nancy Creedman presents Grace Hedges with the Distinguished Citizen of the Year award.

The traditional road that runs through Beretania, Bishop and King Streets is one Grace Hedgesdean of university Hawaii in manua John A. School Burns Medicine (gypsum), walked by in previous rallies. His upbringing led him to become one of the many community leaders participating in the men’s march year after year.

“As I grew up, my brother and my mother and I dealt with a father who used violence to address some of the issues he had,” Hedges stated during his news interviews that reviewed the march. “He tended to be violent, but he also had a serious health condition that made it difficult for him to carry out daily activities, and he was also dealing with the psychological and physical stressors in his life. It is not much different from what many families with domestic violence issues have to deal with” .

In recognition of his tireless commitment, this year Hedges was honored by the Center for the Prevention of Domestic Violence with the Distinguished Citizen of the Year award.

The Men’s Walk Against Violence Committee noted the “significant difference” in precautions at the institutional and societal level throughout his tenure as Dean. The organizers expressed their gratitude “for the serious, important and inspiring way in which Hedges deals with domestic violence and articulates his convictions about this problem to the community, colleagues and Hawaiihealth care systems. ”

“I am very happy to receive this recognition, but I recognize that I have received it on behalf of the efforts of the entire University of Hawaii, particularly the efforts of the Medical School to contribute to domestic violence awareness,” Hedges said.

Training future doctors to recognize signs

since his appointment gypsum For 14 years, Hedges has prioritized training future doctors to recognize the warning signs of domestic violence and how to properly intervene.

“It’s one of the things I try to share with our medical students every year as we organize and work with other parts of the University Hawaii,” He said.

Grace hedges in the men's march
Hedges at the 2022 men’s march against domestic violence

The annual parade is always sad. Kelechi Bayer of the Center for Combating Domestic Violence has mapped all fatal domestic violence incidents in Hawaii Since the previous rally, and I asked the attendees in Honolulu Hill to never forget the names of the victims. After a sobering reminder that domestic violence is a problem that must be addressed, Hedges asked men, in particular, to escalate the matter.

“Most of the perpetrators of domestic violence are men. We as men need to create good models to not only help men who might try to solve their problems through violence but understand that there is a better way,” Hedges said.

This was the last rally Hedges would attend gypsum dean. However, he is preparing to retire next year, because he will continue to communicate Hawaii In his homeland, he vows that this year’s rally will not be his last.

Families can stand up and do things to support those experiencing domestic violence. Hedges said.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the Domestic Violence Center Helpline at (808) 531-3771 or visit HomeViolenceActionCenter.org.

For more, go to gypsum website.

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