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Helping Victims of Relationship Violence Navigate the Legal System

Our legal system is complex, and without adequate resources and services, navigating the legal system is even harder. Our Legal Advocacy Program has seen a heightened increase in need for services and have been able to help families through the support of pro-bono attorneys, like O’Melveny & Meyers LLP. Our partnership has been critical in helping victims and survivors navigate the legal system.  To read more click the digital issue here on pages 46 and 47.

Success Stories: Benjamin’s Story

Benjamin was married to his partner, Ken, for 8 years. Things were going great. Ben and Ken were happy and getting along. They were ready to start a family and eventually had the opportunity to adopt their daughter, Ana, just a few years after they were married. As they entered a new chapter in their lives, things took a turn and the honeymoon phase was over. One night, Ken got drunk and grabbed Benjamin by the wrist and pulled him down to the couch to watch TV with him.  As he tried to walk away, he pushed him against the counter and started aggressively hitting him. Benjamin was able to…

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/