Domestic Violence Archives - Human Options

Survivor Stories: Karla’s Story

During COVID-19, survivors have faced many challenges, which required them to redirect their goals in their journey to healing. Karla had many setbacks when the pandemic happened.  To accommodate Karla’s family, our transitional living program, Second Step, was able to provide her an extension to continue participating in the program. During the extension, Karla was determined to secure her housing situation. Through the support of Human Options, Karla was able to secure permanent housing and was projected to start employment two weeks after her move in date. Due to the virus, Karla was informed she was not allowed to start employment. Not letting this delay her path to move forward…

Margaret’s Journey of Empowerment

Margaret was first introduced to Human Options after a friend recommend she attend some classes offered through the Community Health Enrichment Collaborative (CHEC) Family Resource Center. Through her participation in the Personal Empowerment Program, parenting classes, and individual counseling, Margaret was able to identify that the abuse in her relationship was not her fault. She thought of leaving several times in the past but was hesitant because she wanted a family for her children. During the quarantine, the abuse severally escalated. The pandemic had caused Margaret’s husband to lose several jobs – which he in turn, blamed Margaret. As his stress rose with the continuous job loss and financial strain,…

Human Options in the News – NBCLA’s Today in L.A.

We are grateful for the opportunity to join NBCLA’s Today in L.A. to share insight on teen dating violence during the pandemic as well as resources available for parents and victims.   Click here to watch the live interview.                Looking for additional resources on teen dating violence? Click here to access our teen tool kit or call our emergency hotline at 877-854-3594. 

Letters of Hope

Human Options’ Safe Options for Seniors  (SOS) program provides services to seniors in Orange County who have experienced abuse. During this scary and uncertain time, some seniors are experiencing feelings of anxiety and loneliness. Our incredible Teen Ambassadors were there to help! They wrote letters of encouragement and support to the seniors in our SOS program to let them know that they are here for them.  Hello, I have been a Human Options Teen Ambassador for about 3 years now. I am currently in my first year college. I know with times like this, uncertainty comes in, but I am here to let you know that I hear you, I…

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

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. 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…

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,…

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