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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!   

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…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Youth Action Council

One way Human Options engages and educates our youth on the importance of healthy relationships and teen dating violence is through our Youth Action Council (YAC). The YAC are composed of two youth groups, each representing a family resource center where Human Options is the lead agency; at the Minnie Street Family Resource Center and the Costa Mesa Family Resource Center. Both our Minnie Street and Costa Mesa Family Resource Center YAC are high school level students who are interested in learning leadership and community engagement skills. The groups are successfully coordinated in collaboration with our funded partner Melissa Garcia, Volunteer Coordinator from The Raise Foundation. Since the YAC’s inception…


Love Shouldn’t Hurt

As we celebrate the month of love in February, many others will experience dating violence. Unfortunately, teens are more likely to experience dating violence than any other age group. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience some form of dating violence from a romantic partner. Take action and show Orange County teens that love shouldn’t hurt this February in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). What is teen dating violence? Teen dating violence (TDV) is a pattern of behavior that includes physical, verbal, emotional and digital abuse, in a dating relationship. TDV is an issue that impacts us all. Together, we can raise awareness and promote safe,…

Help us #TurnOCPurple this October!


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…



Nearly three out of four Americans know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Will you join us this October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and stand against DV? From financial and emotional to physical and sexual, domestic violence occurs in various forms and impacts our entire community. Together, we can break the cycle of abuse! It’s as easy as: 1. Wearing purple on October 20th to raise awareness for DV. Tag us on social media using hashtags #HumanOptions and #PledgePurple. 2. Requesting FREE educational presentations on domestic violence to educate your school, business or community group. 3. Downloading and sharing our printable pledge. Share our 24-hour hotline number at…


Breaking the Cycle of Teen Dating Violence through Leadership

The month of February was recognized as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month. This was a busy month for Human Options’ community educators as they traveled throughout Orange County to different schools, businesses and groups providing compelling teen dating violence presentations and workshops. They provided over 20 presentations, reaching approximately 674 students, faculty, and community members. The community educators focused on teaching middle and high school students, educators, and parents how to be social leaders through what is called the “Bystander Approach.” They sought to empower the most influential and involved students through their LAB workshop (Leaders as Active Bystanders). This one-of-a-kind workshop empowered over 100 Irvine High School…


Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Recap

As many celebrated the month of love this past February, Human Options had something else in mind. Although domestic violence awareness has been recently widely distributed in national media, there seems to be another aspect of the topic that is not highlighted. Domestic violence is commonly viewed as an issue that only affects adults, specifically married couples. However, teen dating violence is an issue present today. 1.5 million high school students will be physically abused by a dating partner each year. Many teen dating behaviors are often thought to be a “normal” part of a relationship that people often ignore potential warning signs or make excuses. February is National Teen…


February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

February is the month of love. Flowers, chocolates, love letters, and stores are filled to the brim with all things red and pink. Sometimes, “love” does not only mean red and pink, but also black and blue. Even more unfortunate, is the young age that these unhealthy relationships and patterns can begin. Domestic violence is becoming an increasingly common issue for adolescents, with 1/3 of U.S. girls reported victims of some form of dating abuse. Because of this shocking statistic and others like it, February is not only the month of love, but also the month of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention. February is a time to educate youth…