SOURCE: Human Options

October 09, 2009 14:51 ET

Human Options Provides Early Warning Signs of Abuse During October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - October 9, 2009) - Paying attention to early warning signs could be the best defense for domestic violence that affects one in every four women nationwide. For almost 30 years, Human Options has worked to provide services to women affected by domestic violence in addition to a variety of educational programs to break the abuse cycle.

Human Options advises women of all ages to watch for the following early warning signs:

--  Your partner wants to spend every minute with you.
--  You are quizzed about everything you do when you are apart.
--  Your partner keeps you from seeing old friends
--  You are made fun of or put down in public.
--  He threatens to do something bad if you break up.
--  You are made to feel like you can't end the relationship.
--  He uses alcohol or drugs as an excuse for being mean.
--  Your partner has an uncontrollable temper.
--  He gets upset and refuses to discuss the reasons why.
--  He forces you to do things that you don't feel comfortable doing.
    

Experts warn that if two or more of these circumstances are present, you should seek immediate assistance.

Human Options offers four major programs in Orange County including a 24-hour hotline and emergency shelter, Second Step Transitional Housing Program, Community Resource & Counseling Center and a Community Education Program.

Human Options Executive Director and Co-Founder Vivian Clecak started Human Options with three other women in 1981. That initial small outreach program has grown into an established safe-haven and comprehensive multi-service agency for abused women and their children in Orange County. In 1994, she brought together a unique private/public coalition to complete a $4 million capital campaign to build a new emergency shelter and double the program capacity.

Clecak recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma held in San Diego in late September.

For more information, visit www.humanoptions.org or call 949.737.5242. The 24-hour hotline number is 877.854.3594.

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