Domestic Violence Archives - Human Options

We Are Here for Victims of Relationship Violence Who Aren’t Safer at Home

As COVID-19 restrictions tighten, it’s creating the perfect storm for incidents of relationship violence to surge. Stay-at-home mandates, unemployment, school closures and other factors are adding to the overwhelming stress and volatility of already abusive relationships. Staying home for victims of relationship violence can be just as dangerous as contracting what could be a deadly virus. What do you do if you’re trapped in the most terrifying place — your own home? As abusive partners feel more justified to escalate their isolation tactics, it becomes harder for victims to report it. Victims generally wait to be alone before they seek help. They wait for their abuser to go to work,…

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Multiple studies have found that domestic violence survivors have higher-than-average rates of suicidal thoughts, with as many as 23 percent of survivors having attempted suicide compared to 3 percent among populations with no prior domestic violence exposure. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Please remember, pain is not permanent. You have purpose. If you’re hurting, help is here. Call 1-800-273-TALK for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. #BeWellOC #NSPW19  

The Need For Safety: Susan’s Story

Will you answer their call for safety? Prior to leaving her abusive marriage and relocating, Susan’s husband installed a malicious application onto her phone which automatically installed onto all her Apple devices. Since she was using the same iCloud account for her cell phone, iPads, and MacBook, Susan’s husband was able to see what she and her kids were doing on their iPads, turn on the location feature to find out where they were living, and even eavesdrop on her cell phone conversations. Susan began to notice that her phone battery was draining fast, and that her husband knew things that only someone who had access to her devices would…

The Need For Safety: Eve’s Story

Will you answer their call for safety? Eve and her two children fled from her abuser to a temporary safe location. She had a physical disability that required her to use a walker at all times and was unable to drive. Due to the financial abuse Eve suffered, she did not have the money to purchase a new cell phone and plan of her own. A phone was vital for her to contact safe friends and family members for support, to remain in communication with social services regarding her abuser’s fraudulent use of her disability funds, and to access any private information stored on her phone relevant to her restraining…

The Need For Safety: Julie’s Story

Will you answer their call for safety? Julie’s husband was a violent man with stalking tendencies. After Julie and her children entered our shelter, we determined it would only be safe for her to use her personal cell phone at least 10 miles from the shelter and only for a limited amount of time in one sitting. Julie had been working tirelessly to secure placement for her family in a transitional living program. She decided to take her children to a park 15 miles away from the shelter as a safety precaution in order to use her phone to check for messages. Ten minutes after she turned on her phone,…

The Need For Safety: Maria’s Story

Will you answer their call for safety? Maria and her daughter were safety transferred into our emergency shelter after Maria’s abuser showed up at their previous shelter. After staff denied him entry and called the police, Maria’s abuser broke her car windows and stole confidential paperwork regarding custody of their daughter. He also stole Maria’s medication that she was prescribed for an injury sustained as a result of the abuse. When Maria logged into her email account from a secure shelter computer to access some important evidence for the domestic violence case against her partner, a notice appeared stating that she was already logged on. Not thinking much of it,…

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: • Wearing blue on Friday, April 6th! Individuals and organizations across the U.S. will band together to make a visible commitment to preventing child abuse and helping make great…

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…

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