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One in 10 Americans over the age of 60 have experienced abuse and neglect at the hands of a loved one, caregiver or even a stranger. From financial and emotional to physical and sexual, elder abuse is a national growing concern that will continue to affect the fastest growing age group in Orange County. Human Options’ Safe Options for Seniors (SOS) was the first program of its kind in Orange County, specifically designed to support adults age 50+ who have experienced abuse. Our SOS program provides counseling, legal advocacy, support groups and more. We’ve helped clients like Barbara escape abuse by providing her with the services and resources to take back control of her…


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,…

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Each year in the United States, about 3.3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes. Children who grow up in homes with domestic violence are 100 times more likely to become abusers. Human Options recognizes April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month! Growing up in a violent home is often a traumatic experience that can affect every aspect of a child’s life. Join us this April as we spread awareness to help prevent child abuse! You can help raise awareness by: • Wearing blue on Friday, April 6th! Individuals and organizations across the U.S. will band together to make a visible commitment to preventing child abuse and helping make great…

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…

Human Options Volunteers to be Recognized at 2017 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards

Recognizing exemplary volunteer service since 1976, OneOC’s Spirit of Volunteerism Awards will honor Human Options volunteers on April 24th at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. “Our volunteers play an integral role in supporting the mission of our agency and we are so proud to congratulate them on receiving this special distinction,” said Maricela Rios-Faust, Chief Executive Officer. Family law attorney Melinda Gomez has been an integral member of our Pro Bono Committee, bringing two new volunteer attorneys into the fold who now conduct their own family law and immigration clinics on behalf of our clients. Each month she continues to provide free advice and counseling sessions to our legal advocacy…

Human Options Program Supervisor Named Women’s Policy Institute State Fellow

We are so pleased to congratulate, Sara Behmerwohld, our Legal Advocacy Program Supervisor, on being named to the 2016-2017 class of Women’s Policy Institute-State fellows. Run by the Women’s Foundation of California, WPI-State fellows are trained to become policy advocates and philanthropic leaders in a year-long program at our state capital. Since 2013, Sara has been the Legal Advocacy Program Supervisor at Human Options. Here, she works with legal advocates, pro bono attorneys, law enforcement and other community partners to ensure that survivors of domestic violence have access to the legal resources they need to heal from trauma. A well-versed and accomplished legal advocate, Sara first began her work in…

Human Options’ CEO Maricela Rios-Faust Receives CFRE

We are excited to congratulate Human Options’ CEO Maricela Rios-Faust on her newly awarded Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation. This certification demonstrates her extensive knowledge in fundraising and her commitment to the continued growth and sustainability of Human Options. This certification adds to her already impressive credentials. From her experience as Board President for the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence to serving on the Advisory Board of the Orange County Women’s Health Project and co-chairing Orange County’s Death Review Team, we are proud to watch her expand Human Options’ collaborations, create new innovative programs and continue to partner with significant foundations, corporations and government agencies. Mrs. Rios-Faust’s strategic…



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…

“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…


Human Options is Chosen as CUCINA enoteca’s OC March Sip+Support Beneficiary

Human Options is honored to be chosen as CUCINA enoteca’s Orange County beneficiary for the Month of March Sip+Support campaign! $1 will be donated from the sale of CUCINA private label wine by the glass, carafe, and bottle at their Newport Beach and Irvine locations during the entire month of March. In addition to the modest donation, CUCINA enoteca is able to greatly increase awareness to Human Options through this cause. Every month, Urban Kitchen Group supports a local charity whose clients serve in the counties in which their restaurants operate: San Diego and Orange County.  Plan your visit today to CUCINA enoteca Newport Beach and CUCINA enoteca Irvine.