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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…

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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….

The Business Case for Prevention of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence often hides in the shadows, far away from the workplace. Steve Churm, Chief Communications Officer for FivePoint and longtime Human Options supporter, makes the case that businesses are impacted financially and through lack of human capital in dealing with the devastating consequences of abusive relationships, in the latest issue of the Orange County Business Journal. Like a life-threatening disease, domestic violence is debilitating for the victim and costly for the employer. Steve’s op-ed illustrates how business often do not have programs or policies in place to assist a domestic violence victim and how organizations like Human Options can help. We are proud to recognize Steve as the 2017 Men in Motion…

Human Options Awarded $15K Grant from Blue Shield of California Foundation

Designed to empower domestic violence service providers to better serve their communities, the Blue Shield of California Foundation has awarded Human Options a $15,000 grant to support its core services. Founded as a 24-hour crisis hotline and an emergency shelter, Human Options has grown to become a multi-service, countywide agency that provides safety and support at every stage, offering programs and services for children, teens, adults and seniors alike. “Human Options recognizes the need to provide safety outside our shelter walls and this generous grant will allow us to continue changing the landscape of domestic violence in Orange County,” said Maricela Rios-Faust, Chief Executive Officer. The funds will allow Human…

“Serious Fun” Raises $450,000 for Domestic Violence Programs

Thank you to everyone who attended Human Options’ Rooted with Love, An Evening of Serious Fun at the St. Regis Monarch Beach on Saturday, May 14. More than 400 guests honored our co-founder and longtime CEO Vivian Clecak with the 2016 Dove Award, all while raising $450,000! Because of you, we will be able to continue our mission of ending the cycle of domestic violence in Orange County. Attendees enjoyed a  cocktail reception, awards program, videos, gourmet dinner, live auction and an after party with music and dancing. To view photos from our exciting event, please click here. We are truly grateful for the generous support of our sponsors, all those in attendance and…

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Turning the Tide Against Domestic Violence Through Legal Assistance

Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner in the United States each year.[1] Female survivors of domestic violence lose almost 13.6 million days of productivity due to violence every year—that is over eight million days of paid work, or 32,000 full time jobs[2]. Domestic violence is a complex issue, and at Human Options we have always worked to offer a holistic range of services to our clients to encompass that complexity. Among those is our Legal Advocacy Program, which provides legal information and resources to survivors of domestic violence. A new article by Fox News is one of several recent publications indicating that…

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