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“Serious Fun” Raises $450,000 for Domestic Violence Programs

Thank you to everyone who attended Human Options’ Rooted with Love, An Evening of Serious Fun at the St. Regis Monarch Beach on Saturday, May 14. More than 400 guests honored our co-founder and longtime CEO Vivian Clecak with the 2016 Dove Award, all while raising $450,000! Because of you, we will be able to continue our mission of ending the cycle of domestic violence in Orange County. Attendees enjoyed a  cocktail reception, awards program, videos, gourmet dinner, live auction and an after party with music and dancing. To view photos from our exciting event, please click here. We are truly grateful for the generous support of our sponsors, all those in attendance and…


Turning the Tide Against Domestic Violence Through Legal Assistance

Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner in the United States each year.[1] Female survivors of domestic violence lose almost 13.6 million days of productivity due to violence every year—that is over eight million days of paid work, or 32,000 full time jobs[2]. Domestic violence is a complex issue, and at Human Options we have always worked to offer a holistic range of services to our clients to encompass that complexity. Among those is our Legal Advocacy Program, which provides legal information and resources to survivors of domestic violence. A new article by Fox News is one of several recent publications indicating that…


Building A Community for Social Responsibility

People often ask me how to start a non-profit. The answer is clear: Passion, clear purpose, a powerful mission, and the perseverance to reach out to many and build through tough times – a complicated but effective path. A path not unlike the one a for-profit start-up takes but with one difference. That difference is the coming together of a caring and committed community. Human Options is the product of just such a caring and committed community of individuals. In the beginning there were only a few of us sharing a passion to help build a community where no woman or child would ever be afraid in her or his…


Dr. Drew Pinsky named keynote speaker for Human Options event

Today we are officially announcing that the keynote speaker for our 13th annual Fall Luncheon will be DR. DREW PINSKY!! We at Human Options are incredibly excited that Dr. Drew agreed to be this year’s speaker. As a practicing physician Dr. Drew has seen how abusive relationships and domestic violence has dramatically impacted the lives of his clients. We look forward to hearing about his perspectives and experiences. The luncheon will be held on October 17, 2013 at the Westin South Coast Plaza from 11:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m with a theme of “Restoring Positive Outlooks, Rebuilding Broken Lives”. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit the women and…


What Newtown and Santa Monica Have in Common

By Vivian Clecak, Founding CEO and Cristi Dugger, Safe Options for Seniors Supervisor What common element do these two tragedies share? More than guns, both terrible killings started with elder abuse, domestic violence directed at an older family member. Both began with the shooting of a parent (in Santa Monica a parent and a brother) by a troubled adult child living in their parent’s home. In the Santa Monica case there was a clear history of psychiatric issues. In Newtown there were concerns but no documented history. What we know after twelve years of our unique Safe Options for Seniors program is that seniors living with adult dysfunctional children, especially…

The Sad Reality One in Ten Seniors Experience

By Cristi Dugger, LCSW, Safe Options for Seniors Program I was fortunate to find my passion for elders and victims of abuse early in my career. It happened when I met Lupe, a woman whose own son, his wife and child moved into her home to assist her and then physically, financially, and emotionally abused her until another family member alerted authorities. Like domestic violence and child abuse, elder abuse is most often committed by family members and in the place we all should feel the safest, at home. For the past six years I have had the honor of hearing victims’ stories of tragedy and triumph and thankfully-being a…


Steubenville – “I didn’t know it was rape; it wasn’t violent”

Words from Vivian Clecak, LCSW, MFT, and Co-founding CEO of Human Options The rape of the girl whose inability to move or respond earned her the name “the dead girl” in the texts among the teens shocks us all. That this outrage can happen and so many spectators remain silent after all we have done as a culture to strengthen respect for women and girls requires us to review the challenges we face in changing harmful long held cultural beliefs. Domestic violence, date abuse and date rape (one form of date abuse) are the only crimes in which the victim is blamed as much or as more as the criminal….


Legacies Happen–Don’t Leave a Bad One

Each of us, throughout our lives, has encountered a wide array of people. As we look back we might remember a teacher, a neighbor, a friend, a leader, or even a stranger who made a lasting impression on us. At any given moment of life, we share time and space with these people; whether it be in stores, on the highway, on a bus, or at an event. Some encounters are brief, some are long-term, some are intense, and some hold great meaning to us. Regardless of the type of encounter, each moment has some type of impact on us, and a lifetime of moments creates a legacy. A legacy…


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…