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Human Options Statement on Sutherland Springs Tragedy

Our hearts are heavy following the news of the tragic shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. As our nation mourns for loved ones lost and sends well wishes for a full recovery to those wounded in the attack, we are reminded of the impact domestic violence has on its community. According to authorities, the Sutherland Springs gunman had sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, who attended the church where the tragedy took place. In addition, he was court-martialed from the U.S. Air Force in 2012 on domestic violence charges against his wife and child, and later discharged for “bad conduct” in 2014. Although we may never know what caused this…

Help us #TurnOCPurple this October!
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#TurnOCPurple

26.3% of Orange County women, as well as 40% in the state of California, report experiencing violence by an intimate partner.   Give survivors hope by turning Orange County purple in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) this October. Here’s how: • Wear purple on October 19th for Domestic Violence Awareness Day. Tag us on social media using hashtags #HumanOptions and #TurnOCPurple. • Request FREE educational presentations on domestic violence and healthy dating for your work, school, church or community group. • Buy your ticket to our Fall Luncheon for Domestic Violence Awareness event featuring John Quiñones. • Share our 24-hour hotline number at 877-854-3594 with your community. • Request a Cut It…

Request your FREE one-hour Cut It Out presentation from Human Options!
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Human Options Partners With Salon Professionals to End Domestic Violence

Salon professionals are in a unique position to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse in their clients and co-workers. Because of the intimate and nurturing nature of these relationships, salon professionals can often spot signs of domestic violence that otherwise may go unnoticed.  Human Options has partnered with The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) to empower salon professionals to break the cycle of domestic abuse in their communities through the PBA’s  CUT IT OUT®: Salons Against Domestic Abuse training. This free, interactive presentation builds DV awareness by educating and training beauty professionals to recognize warning signs and safely refer clients, colleagues, friends and family to local resources. Research shows that most…

Human Options Appoints Dan Maas and Michele Khoury to its Board of Directors

Human Options, an Orange-County based nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, announced the addition of two new board members, Dan Maas, Owner/CEO of Hardy & Harper, and Michele I. Khoury, consultant and novelist. Dan Maas, a Dana Point resident, is the Owner and CEO of Hardy & Harper, a third generation family-owned business since 1946 that specializes in asphalt paving, Slurry Seal, Concrete and Sidewalk Grinding. Maas officially joined his father at Hardy & Harper in 2002 after graduating from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree and used his strong business acumen to propel the company to the next level. Dan is…

Human Options Partners With Santa Ana PD to Provide Immediate, On-Site Assistance to Domestic Violence Victims

Human Options, an Orange-County based nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, is partnering with the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) to provide immediate, coordinated domestic violence assistance services to victims and their families. The SAPD received 5,947 domestic violence-related calls in 2016. As a result of this high rate of calls, the SAPD identified a need for immediate, on-site specialized assistance for domestic violence victims and their families. Human Options, a nonprofit that has been leading the way forward to ending domestic violence for 35 years, has partnered with the SAPD to establish “The Coordinated Domestic Violence Response Coalition” which will strengthen legal advocacy services offered to…

Human Options Receives $10K Grant from Bank of America for Second Step Program

Human Options, an Orange-County based nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, has received a $10,000 grant from Bank of America to support its Second Step transitional housing facility, which provides domestic violence victims with housing, counseling, legal advocacy, and more. Human Options’ Second Step transitional housing facility opened in 1993 and provides victims with safe housing and services for up to six months. Services provided include case management, trauma informed counseling, legal advocacy, financial coaching, a children’s program, educational groups, employment assistance, linkage to resources at partner agencies, and assistance with obtaining permanent housing. Clients are often vulnerable, generally have low incomes, and have diverse ethnic backgrounds….

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Each year in the United States, about 3.3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes. Children who grow up in homes with domestic violence are 100 times more likely to become abusers. Human Options recognizes April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month! Growing up in a violent home is often a traumatic experience that can affect every aspect of a child’s life. Join us this April as we spread awareness to help prevent child abuse! You can help raise awareness by: • Participating in the National Child Abuse Prevention Month calendar! Click here for activity ideas. • Creating blue pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention Month! Display this national symbol for child…

Human Options Volunteers to be Recognized at 2017 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards

Recognizing exemplary volunteer service since 1976, OneOC’s Spirit of Volunteerism Awards will honor Human Options volunteers on April 24th at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. “Our volunteers play an integral role in supporting the mission of our agency and we are so proud to congratulate them on receiving this special distinction,” said Maricela Rios-Faust, Chief Executive Officer. Family law attorney Melinda Gomez has been an integral member of our Pro Bono Committee, bringing two new volunteer attorneys into the fold who now conduct their own family law and immigration clinics on behalf of our clients. Each month she continues to provide free advice and counseling sessions to our legal advocacy…

Love Shouldn't Hurt
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Love Shouldn’t Hurt

As we celebrate the month of love in February, many others will experience dating violence. Unfortunately, teens are more likely to experience dating violence than any other age group. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience some form of dating violence from a romantic partner. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and Human Options is empowering teens to show respect and engage in healthy relationships.  Stand against teen dating violence by participating in our “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” campaign!   This year, our campaign includes resources and information for teens, parents and educators. To download a copy of our campus campaign toolkit, click here. To download a copy of our…

Human Options Program Supervisor Named Women’s Policy Institute State Fellow

We are so pleased to congratulate, Sara Behmerwohld, our Legal Advocacy Program Supervisor, on being named to the 2016-2017 class of Women’s Policy Institute-State fellows. Run by the Women’s Foundation of California, WPI-State fellows are trained to become policy advocates and philanthropic leaders in a year-long program at our state capital. Since 2013, Sara has been the Legal Advocacy Program Supervisor at Human Options. Here, she works with legal advocates, pro bono attorneys, law enforcement and other community partners to ensure that survivors of domestic violence have access to the legal resources they need to heal from trauma. A well-versed and accomplished legal advocate, Sara first began her work in…

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