Relationship Violence Archives - Human Options

Success Stories: Miranda’s Story

Thinking that dating after abuse was impossible, Miranda found love and hope once more. After five years of breaking free from her abusive partner, Miranda thought she and her children were finally free from all the trauma they endured and could start over. Until one night, her abusive partner showed up to Miranda’s new home, threatening to kill her and her new partner. Miranda’s way for safety was to obtain a Restraining Order.    Miranda called the South Orange County Family Resource Center seeking help from one of our Legal Advocates. In the past, Miranda had attempted to obtain a Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order (DVTRO) against her ex-partner, but…

CA Health Report: The Pandemic Spurred a Domestic Violence Epidemic. It’s Not Over Yet.

Since the stay-at-home orders went into effect last year, we have seen a 50% rise in hotline calls and request for help. “It’s not necessarily that being home made the (abuser) violent. But the escalation occurs because there’s no reprieve from tension.” – Maricela Rios-Faust, CEO, shared in the latest CA Health Report. To read about the effects of the pandemic on victims and survivors of relationship violence, check out the latest article from the CA Health Report featuring Human Options: https://www.calhealthreport.org/2021/07/29/the-pandemic-spurred-a-domestic-violence-epidemic-its-not-over-yet/

Success Stories: Cindy’s Story

When Cindy married her husband at age 19, she would have never imagined what the next 50 years with her husband would be like. Her husband would call her names, threaten her with weapons, and demean her in front of friends and family. Growing up in a strong Catholic family, Cindy did not believe in divorce. Cindy married with the intent to be “a good wife and mother”, but did not understand it meant she had to endure her husband’s behavior and abuse….til’ death do they part?   Cindy is 69 years old, scared, alone, and living in darkness. She attempted to get help once 15 years ago when she…

Success Stories: Joe’s Story

When 74-year-old Joe became a widower four years ago, his life and well-being were more at-risk than at any point in his entire life. Joe’s son Kevin, who was continuing to battle an addiction to prescription drugs, had always lived with Joe and his wife. Joe has been emotionally and physically abused by his son for many years, but things became more extreme when his wife passed. For the next year, Joe endured and continued to be physically and financially abused, having no access to his finances to get help. When Joe was finally seen by neighbors with having scratches and marks on his face and arms, a report was…

Success Stories: Mariah’s Story

Mariah worked as a successful insurance agent and the primary provider for her and her two children. Mariah was very social and outgoing. She played softball for a league in her community, with lots of support from her family and friends, mainly her mom, who was an Air-Force Veteran. Mariah had previously left her abusive partner and was living in her own apartment, but reconciled with him just prior to the pandemic. Although Mariah was able to recognize the cycle of abuse she was experiencing with her partner, she had reconciled in hopes her partner had changed and the abuse never happen again. During the pandemic, Mariah lost her job,…

Success Stories: Jessica’s Story

Jessica, mother of two, was fleeing a physically and emotionally abusive aggressor – her children’s father. Jessica’s aggressor would target their son with his frustrations, typically blaming either him or Jessica for any problems. This type of behavior modeled to their children led to their son mirroring some of these behaviors when upset. Due to the extreme domestic and child abuse in the home, and in order to keep herself and children safe, Jessica called Human Options Hotline. Jessica and her children entered the Emergency Shelter the same day. While at Emergency Shelter, Jessica focused on supporting her children and their new stability. The Children’s Advocate provided parent coaching for…

Spectrum News 1 – Prevention Education at Santa Ana High School 2.21.20

Spectrum News 1 – Prevention Education at Santa Ana High School 2.21.20 A study from the American Psychological Association revealed that one in three teens ages 14 to 20 have experienced dating abuse, and about the same number say they’ve committed dating abuse themselves. To reverse this trend and experience healthy relationships, it’s vital that teens (and their parents) understand how to communicate, respect boundaries, practice self-care and appreciate their partners. Human Options is sharing its Countdown to #HealthyLove campaign to start conversations about healthy relationships by educating teens at our local high schools. During the month of TDVAM, Human Options and Santa Ana High School partnered together to educate Santa…

CEO, Maricela Rios-Faust, on KTLA discussing Teen Dating Violence 2.23.20

Human Options CEO, Maricela Rios-Faust, on KTLA discussing Teen Dating Violence 2.23.20 1 in 3 teens experience some type of dating abuse, adolescents are at a higher risk of experiencing intimate partner violence than any other age group. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) and we are working to ignite social change by educating and empowering others. Watch our Chief Executive Officer, Maricela Rios-Faust, on KTLA as she talks about talks about Teen Dating Violence! Click here!   

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…

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