Call our 24-hour hotline: 877-854-3594
Do you think you are in an abusive relationship? Do you know someone who might be? Studies show 90% of women completing our program moved forward to violence-free lives. We can help. Call us today. Call 877-854-3594.
- 24 Hour Hotline
- Emergency Shelter
- Transitional Housing
- Counseling and Supportive Services
- Safe Options for Seniors
- Services for Military Families
- Prevention & Education
- Legal Advocacy Services
In 2018, our emergency hotline received nearly 5,000 calls and provided more than 2,800 referrals. For assistance with domestic violence issues or information about our shelter and programs, please call our 24-hour hotline at (877) 854-3594. If you are in imminent danger or have a physical emergency, please call 911. Someone is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to answer your questions and provide assistance. A 30-45 minute intake with our hotline advocate is required before entering our shelter. Primary languages: English and Spanish. Translation services available for other languages.
Our emergency shelter is for any individual or family in a domestic violence situation seeking shelter. In 2018, our shelter served 343 adults and children.
Each family has their own room and women without children may share a room. Women and their children are provided the opportunity to receive individual counseling from a skilled therapist, participate in group counseling and therapeutic sessions, and work with a case manager in order to navigate available services en route to discovering a way forward. Legal advocacy services are also available. Children of all ages participate in the children’s program where they receive age appropriate counseling and therapeutic activities.
Women and their children who have completed a domestic violence shelter program can apply for Second Step, our transitional housing program. Here, women regain their independence by participating in educational and job skill building activities as well as continuing counseling and case management sessions. Children have the opportunity to participate in the children’s programs and have access to after school tutoring.
In 2018, 94% of transitional clients gained permanent housing and 80% increased their income.
Our counseling and supportive services provides intervention for men, women, and children who are survivors of domestic violence or who are currently in an abusive relationship. Any individual affected by domestic violence in Orange County or the surrounding area may have access to counseling, legal advocacy, education, or support groups.
- Counseling for individuals, families, seniors, and children
- Legal advocacy
- Parenting classes
- Seeking Safety—an evidence-based curriculum focused on post-traumatic stress and substance abuse
- Personal Empowerment Program (PEP)- offered in English and Spanish—a court approved curriculum focused on domestic violence education.
As a result of our therapeutic services, 76% of counseling clients increased resiliency, 72% decreased symptoms of anxiety, and 77% decreased symptoms of depression in 2018.
Visit our Workshops page for a monthly calendar of trainings and workshops.
Center for Children & Families
1901 Newport Blvd. Suite 240
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Minnie Street Family Resources Center
1300 E. McFadden Ave., Room 13
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Corbin Family Resource Center
2215 W. McFadden Ave., Suite G
Santa Ana, CA 92704
South County Family Resource Center
22481 Aspan St.
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Costa Mesa Family Resource Center
307 Placentia Ave. Suite 203
Newport Beach, CA 92663
CHEC Family Resource Center
27412 Calle Arroyo
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
If elder abuse is suspected, call the Adult Protective Services hotline at (800) 451-5155 or Human Options’ hotline at (877) 854-3594. Both resources are free and confidential.
Safe Options for Seniors at Human Options provides services to individuals 50 years and older, or 18 years and older with a disability, who have experienced physical, emotional, or sexual abuse by a spouse/intimate partner or a family member.
Program services include:
- Individual/group counseling
- Legal Advocacy
- Information and referrals
- Community education and outreach
For more information, contact Mieka Bledsoe, Safe Options for Seniors Lead Therapist, at (949) 737-5242 ext. 312 or (949) 757-3635.
Dealing with relationship issues, restraining orders, court appointments and confusing paperwork can leave you stressed, overwhelmed and exhausted. Get the help you and your children deserve. We are here to help you and your family through this difficult time.
We offer comprehensive wrap-around case management with Peer Navigators to assist veterans, military families, and children with services that include:
- Court Support
- Linkage to housing, employment, and financial literacy services
- Referrals and linkages to additional basic need services
- Short-term Individual and Family Therapy
- Evidence-Based FOCUS Program that assists families affected by stressors and trauma of military service
- Educational and Resiliency Building Workshops
- Other referrals: behavioral health and wellness, parenting, domestic violence prevention
For information, please call (949) 757-3635.
Strong Families, Strong Children is a behavioral health services program for military families, funded by the Orange County Health Care Agency, Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63), the Orange County Community Foundation and other funders.
MISSION: To improve the health and well-being of veterans, military families, and children throughout Orange County by engaging the community, building resiliency and creating safer, more stable home environments.
Often thought of as a family issue, domestic violence is in fact a social, business and health priority that impacts our entire community.
Our Prevention & Education program uses storytelling, lectures and interactive lessons to change societal attitudes and beliefs, end the stigma associated with DV, and help communities learn to identify and support victims.
Partnering with Orange County schools, hospitals, police departments, lawyers, businesses and organizations, we educate more than 8,000 people a year.
For more information, please contact our Prevention & Education Department at (949) 737-5242, ext. 108 or 110, and via email to email@example.com.
Presentations & Trainings
Invite a Community Educator to come speak at your school, business, or community group. We provide presentations and trainings* on the topics below and can tailor a presentation depending on the needs of your agency.
- Overview of Domestic Violence
- Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
- Love Shouldn’t Hurt (Part 1): What is Teen Dating Violence?
- Love Shouldn’t Hurt (Part 2): Healthy Relationships and the Bystander Approach
- LAB: Leaders as Active Bystanders
- Teen Dating for Parents
- Teen Dating for Educators
- Targeting Seniors; Financial Scams
- Elder Abuse: Late Life Family Violence
- Legal Advocacy and Domestic Violence
- Healthcare and Domestic Violence*
- Domestic Violence in the Workplace*
- 40 hr. Domestic Violence Training*
To request a presentation for your school, business or organization, click here.
Our awareness campaigns engage the community in activities surrounding different issues of domestic violence. Please click on the campaigns below for more information.
Teen Ambassador Program
The Human Options Teen Ambassador Program, a new addition to our community education services, seeks curious and passionate teens who want to better their communities and prevent dating violence by serving as peer-to-peer mentors.
Click here to learn more!
Our team of legal advocates can help you understand your legal rights and resources as a survivor of domestic violence, assist you in identifying your legal goals, and provide you with services and resources related to Housing, Family Law, Immigration, Court Accompaniment, Restraining Orders, Safe at Home, Victim Compensation Programs, and more. Legal Advocacy services are provided at several locations throughout Orange County. To book an appointment, please call (949) 757-3635, ext. 100 and request a Legal Advocacy appointment. Services are available in English and Spanish, and Language Line is available for any other desired languages.
Volunteer attorneys provide free legal advice and counsel around Family Law or Immigration Law during one-on-one sessions with clients. Clients must first schedule an intake with a Legal Advocate by calling (949) 757-3635, ext. 100.
Department of Justice Accredited Representative Services
Human Options is a Recognized Agency through the Department of Justice. Members of the Human Options Legal Advocacy Team are Partially Accredited through the same program. Under this program, our Accredited Staff have a limited capacity to provide direct representation around Immigration matters such as U-Visa and VAWA applications. For more information about this program, see https://www.justice.gov/eoir/recognition-and-accreditation-program.