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What Newtown and Santa Monica Have in Common

By Vivian Clecak, Founding CEO and Cristi Dugger, Safe Options for Seniors Supervisor What common element do these two tragedies share? More than guns, both terrible killings started with elder abuse, domestic violence directed at an older family member. Both began with the shooting of a parent (in Santa Monica a parent and a brother) by a troubled adult child living in their parent’s home. In the Santa Monica case there was a clear history of psychiatric issues. In Newtown there were concerns but no documented history. What we know after twelve years of our unique Safe Options for Seniors program is that seniors living with adult dysfunctional children, especially…

The Sad Reality One in Ten Seniors Experience

By Cristi Dugger, LCSW, Safe Options for Seniors Program I was fortunate to find my passion for elders and victims of abuse early in my career. It happened when I met Lupe, a woman whose own son, his wife and child moved into her home to assist her and then physically, financially, and emotionally abused her until another family member alerted authorities. Like domestic violence and child abuse, elder abuse is most often committed by family members and in the place we all should feel the safest, at home. For the past six years I have had the honor of hearing victims’ stories of tragedy and triumph and thankfully-being a…

Serious Fun Nets Over $300,000 & Nancy Dahan and Elaine Weinberg

Newport Beach, Calif. – It was an evening of “Serious Fun” as Human Options’ Mint Julep themed fundraiser cleared an estimated $305,000 and honored philanthropists and legal advocates Nancy W. Dahan and her mother Elaine Weinberg with the 2012 Dove Award.  Held on May 3 at the Balboa Bay Resort, all event proceeds benefit the Irvine-based nonprofit working to stop the cycle of domestic violence in Orange County for over 30 years. Attendees donned big hats and seer sucker suits that tied into the next day’s Kentucky Derby.  Cocktail hour took place at an expansive poolside silent auction and guests gathered later in the ballroom for gourmet dinner, live auction,…

Teens Pay it Forward—Everyone can make a difference

Blog by Vivian Clecak, Founding CEO One out of five teens has been involved in date abuse. We read again and again about teens who see a rape and either ignore it or shoot a video and share it with other friends. As adults we ask ourselves how we can possibly change this teen culture of acceptance and even approval of violence, of blaming the victim, of not caring about the girl who was unconscious and vulnerable. Five days a week, sometimes as many as five hours a day, Human Options’ community educator is teaching teens in high schools and community programs about the nature of date abuse, warning signs,…

Human Options Serious Fun Honors Nancy Dahan and Elaine Weinberg

For Immediate Release March 28, 2013 Human Options Serious Fun Fundraiser Honors Domestic Violence Legal Advocates Nancy Dahan and Elaine Weinberg Newport Beach, Calif. – Community leaders, philanthropists and legal advocates Nancy Dahan and her mother Elaine Weinberg will be honored with the 2012 Dove Award at Human Options annual Serious Fun fundraiser on Friday, May 3 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. All event proceeds benefit the Irvine-based nonprofit working to stop the cycle of domestic violence in Orange County for over 30 years. Dahan grew up in a family dedicated to social justice and started advocacy programs for girls and women in her early teens. All…

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Steubenville – “I didn’t know it was rape; it wasn’t violent”

Words from Vivian Clecak, LCSW, MFT, and Co-founding CEO of Human Options The rape of the girl whose inability to move or respond earned her the name “the dead girl” in the texts among the teens shocks us all. That this outrage can happen and so many spectators remain silent after all we have done as a culture to strengthen respect for women and girls requires us to review the challenges we face in changing harmful long held cultural beliefs. Domestic violence, date abuse and date rape (one form of date abuse) are the only crimes in which the victim is blamed as much or as more as the criminal….

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Legacies Happen–Don’t Leave a Bad One

Each of us, throughout our lives, has encountered a wide array of people. As we look back we might remember a teacher, a neighbor, a friend, a leader, or even a stranger who made a lasting impression on us. At any given moment of life, we share time and space with these people; whether it be in stores, on the highway, on a bus, or at an event. Some encounters are brief, some are long-term, some are intense, and some hold great meaning to us. Regardless of the type of encounter, each moment has some type of impact on us, and a lifetime of moments creates a legacy. A legacy…

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

February is the month of love. Flowers, chocolates, love letters, and stores are filled to the brim with all things red and pink. Sometimes, “love” does not only mean red and pink, but also black and blue. Even more unfortunate, is the young age that these unhealthy relationships and patterns can begin. Domestic violence is becoming an increasingly common issue for adolescents, with 1/3 of U.S. girls reported victims of some form of dating abuse. Because of this shocking statistic and others like it, February is not only the month of love, but also the month of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention. February is a time to educate youth…

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Human Options Names New Board Members and Chair

Newport Beach, Calif. – Human Options announced Artyn Gardner as incoming Board President at their recent annual meeting at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach. Laura Benz, Wendy Peterson, Sherry Bragg and Tamie Rus were named to the board. Pictured (left to right): Laura Benz, Artyn Gardner and Wendy Peterson Gardner is a member of United Way Orange County’s Women’s Philanthropy Fund and a Duke University Alumni serving in various capacities including chairing the San Francisco Bay Area AAAC, member of the Duke Alumni Board from 2006-2010, Financial Aid Initiative Committee and Director of Alumni Affairs Search Committee. She received of the 2011 Charles A. Dukes Award and lives…

Human Options Honors Karen and Jon Jaffe with Spirit of Philanthropy Award

Newport Beach, Calif. – Laguna Beach residents Karen and Jon Jaffe were awarded the Spirit of Philanthropy award at Human Options’ recent annual meeting held at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach. The annual award recognizes an individual or business each year for extraordinary commitment (of time, talent and treasures) to end the cycle of domestic violence.  

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