Nearly 3 out of 4 Americans know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence (DV). Often thought of as a family issue, it is really a social, business and health priority that impacts our entire community.
To break the cycle, we must end the stigma associated with DV and help communities learn to identify and support victims. Human Options has been an innovative leader in this area since 1984 when we began working in high schools to educate teens.
Peer culture is powerful. Giving teens the knowledge & ability to stand against DV is the first step in shifting our culture of silence.
Last October we launched our first Purple Socks Campaign, with five local football teams donning purple socks at games to #standagainstDV.
Chad, a senior cornerback for Corona del Mar High, was angered by the Ray Rice video, saying “these NFL players need to be held accountable. Our purple socks show that our team and our community are not going to stand for this anymore.”
February marked Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and we educated over 700 students and asked our community to sign #LoveShouldntHurt pledges.
Call (949) 737-5242 ext. 214 to learn more about bringing DV education to your school, workplace, or group.