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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM)

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), and this 2021 at Human Options, we are getting ready to launch our awareness campaign in hopes to engage our teens, families, networks and communities. Often times, teen relationships are overlooked and seen as ‘less serious’ when compared with adult relationships. However, studies show that 1 in 3 teens will experience some type of abuse by an intimate partner. Because of this staggering statistic, we are preparing for our TDVAM campaign this February 2021. Join us starting February 1st and all-month long to shine a line on Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and join the COUNTDOWN to #HEALTHYLOVE campaign! This year’s campaign...

6th Annual Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Teen and Caring Adult VIRTUAL Conference

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), and this 2021 at Human Options, we are launching our awareness campaign in hopes to engage our teens, families, networks and communities. The culmination of the campaign will be on day 12 “Love Shouldn’t Hurt,” with a Virtual Teen Conference with special guest speakers  Join us on February 12 from 5-8pm via zoom for the  6th Annual Love Shouldn’t Hurt: VIRTUAL Teen Conference.  Human Options, in collaboration with Newport Mesa Family Resource Center and Minnie Street Family Resource Fair, will be holding the this conference virtually this year to to engage teen and caring adults in preventing teen dating violence. The event...

Mentally Healthy & Happy Presentation

Virtual

Join a special conversation presented by the Oasis Senior Center on being Mentally Healthy & Happy! Special guests include Michelle Park, MD from the Council on Aging Southern California, Miriam Bustamante from Hoag Mental Health Center, and our very own Mieka Bledsoe, Program Supervisor of Human Options' Safe Options for Seniors Program. Find out what being mentally healthy is and is not, learn about coping strategies and participate in some fun solution-producing exercises! Tuesday, March 23 at 1:00PM on Zoom (By Phone). Questions on this event? Call (949)644-3244 Click here to download the flyer.  

Child Abuse Prevention Month: Events & Activities

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and at Human Options we are committed to keeping each child free from abuse and violence. During this month our Family Resource Centers have some great activities and events planned. Check out and download our flyers below! Share and register for our events!  Some of the biggest victims of relationship violence are sometimes the youngest. Unfortunately, 65% of adults that abuse their partner physically and/or sexually abuse their children in the home. In recognition of this month, here are some ways to show your support and to illuminate the intersection between Child Abuse and Relationship Violence: ”Blue Mondays”- Wear Blue every Monday this month!...

Virtual Sisterhood: Mental Health Awareness Month

Virtual

RSVP today for our May Sisterhood meeting focusing on mental health awareness! During these last several months, our Family Resource Centers have been seeing an increased need for counseling services and are facing lengthy waitlists. Art therapy is a technique rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being. Art Therapy has been one of the modes of therapy that our clinicians and therapists have been providing to individuals needing support and healing. Join us on May 5th at 5:30pm for a VIRTUAL tour of one of our Family Resource Centers and to learn about the services available to children and families in our county! You...

Serious Fun 2021- A Whimsical Evening in the Enchanted Forest

Virtual

Join us for our Serious Fun 2021 gala! Help raise critical funds for Human Options' life-changing services and programs at our 2021 gala, a Whimsical Evening in the Enchanted Forest. We are proud to celebrate DOVE Honorees, Michele and Abdo Khoury.

40 Hour Domestic Violence Training

Virtual

Looking to work with domestic violence survivors or just expand your knowledge? Sign up for Human Options' 40-hour state mandated workshop! Offered biannually in the Spring and Fall, this domestic violence series is ideal for those seeking employment or volunteer experience with a domestic violence organization in California. Emergency hotline volunteers help answer calls to our 24-hour hotline and document each call. Emergency hotline volunteers are asked to do at least one, 3 hour shift per week. All hotline volunteers are mandated by the State of California to complete a 40-hour domestic violence awareness training before being eligible to volunteer. For the safety of our volunteers, staff, and families we serve, we...

Fall Luncheon – Igniting Social Change: No Visible Bruises

Marriott Irvine Spectrum 7905 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine

  We invite you to join us on Thursday, October 14 at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum from 11:30am-1:30pm, for our live Fall Luncheon Event: Igniting Social Change: No Visible Bruises, featuring Rachel Louise Snyder, journalist, author, domestic violence advocate.  This topic is particularly timely, as we have seen the increase in family violence and abuse during COVID-19.   Rachel Louise Snyder’s book, No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us, was named one of the 10 best books of 2019 by The New York Times. It reveals that one of America’s most urgent social problems takes place behind closed doors, and that the most dangerous...

Representing DV Survivors with Trauma- Informed Care

Virtual

To celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Public Law Center and Human Options are proud to present a training on representing survivors at Domestic Violence Restraining Order Hearings! Joanna Wong (Supervising Family Law Attorney at Public Law Center) and Sara Behmerwohld (Legal Advocacy Program Manager at Human Options) will be offering a 3.5-hour training covering: Domestic Violence 101, Preparing a Domestic Violence Restraining Order Application, Providing Trauma-Informed Legal Services, and Representing Survivors at their Domestic Violence Restraining Order Hearing.  Free CLEs will be available for those interested in volunteering with Human Options and Public Law Center! The training will be held Wednesday, October 20th, from 9 am-12:30 pm. Please reach out...