Dean of the Faculty of Medicine honored during the Men’s March Against Violence


The 2022 Men’s March Against Domestic Violence has reverted to an in-person march since 2019.

The 28th annual Men’s March Against Violence began outside the Honolulu Hale Steps and, for the first time since the pandemic, involved groups marching through the streets on Oct. 6. Around 100 men took part in the March Against Violence 2022.

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

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Nanci Kriedman presents Jerris Hedges with the ‘Distinguished Citizen of the Year’ award.

The traditional route down Beretania, Bishop and King streets is one Jerris HedgesDean of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABOM), has walked in previous marches. His upbringing led him to become one of the many community leaders involved in the Men’s March year after year.

“When I was growing up, my brother, my mother and I dealt with a father who used violence to solve some of the problems he had,” Hedges said during his preview press interviews. a walk. “He had a tendency towards violence, but he also had a serious health condition which prevented him from doing his daily activities, and he also faced psychological and physical stressors in his life. It’s not too different from what many families who have domestic violence issues have to deal with.

For his tireless commitment, Hedges was honored this year by the Domestic Violence Action Center with the Distinguished Citizen of the Year award.

The Men’s March Against Violence committee noted the “significant difference” Hedges has made at the institutional and community level throughout his tenure as dean. The organizers expressed their gratitude for the “serious, important and inspired way in which Hedges deals with domestic violence and demonstrates his beliefs on this problem to the community, his colleagues and Hawaiihealth care systems.

“I am very pleased to receive this recognition, but I realize that I am receiving it on behalf of the overall efforts of the University of Hawaii and, in particular, the efforts of the medical school to contribute to the domestic violence awareness,” Hedges said.

Train future doctors to recognize the signs

Since his appointment JABOM Dean 14 years ago, Hedges prioritized training future doctors to recognize the warning signs of domestic violence and intervene appropriately.

“This is 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 of Hawaii,” he said.

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Hedges at the 2022 Men’s March Against Domestic Violence

The annual march is always dark. Keliʻi Beyer of the Domestic Violence Action Center listed all fatal domestic violence events in Hawaii since the previous march, and asked the public on the Honolulu Hale grounds to never forget the names of the victims. After the sobering reminder that domestic violence is a problem that needs to be solved, Hedges called on men, in particular, to step up.

“Most perpetrators of domestic violence are men. As men, we need to set good role models to not only help men who may be trying to solve their problems through violence, but to understand that there is a better way,” Hedges said.

This was the last March that Hedges will attend as JABOM Dean. However, he is preparing to retire next year since he will continue to call Hawaii at home, he promises that this year’s march will not be the last.

“Families can stand up and do things to support those who are suffering from domestic violence. It’s critical,” Hedges said.

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

To find out more, visit JABOM website.

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