A.Providing 24-hour emergency crisis intervention, temporary emergency shelter, food, clothing and support services to victims of family violence.
B.Providing transitional housing to promote an independent and productive lifestyle to female victims and their children.
C.Providing community awareness of the widespread incidence of family violence through education and training programs.
I learned about Option House from a friend, Lynne Y., who works as an RN. She set up an appointment with Ms. Bobby, the agency's professional contact. The following information is from her interview on August 26, 2003 and materials gathered at their Domestic Violence Assistance Center.
Option House has been serving victims of family violence since 1977, through, among other things, walk in one-on-one advocacy, community education, bilingual support groups that provide women who are still in or have been in abusive relationships a non-threatening forum to talk about domestic violence, information and referrals.
The agency provides a 40-hour Family/Domestic Violence Training (Evidence Code Section 1037.1(a)(2)) open to everyone who wants to learn about family/domestic violence. Upon completion, participants receive a certificate. A nominal $20.00 fee is charged to cover the cost of materials. Classes are facilitated by Human Service professionals within the local community. Class topics include: History and dynamics of domestic violence;...