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Option House is a family violence intervention and prevention services agency providing a temporary crisis intervention shelter program in San Bernardino and Fontana with a total of 41 beds Their mission statement calls for providing outreach services legal services information education and awareness to family violence victims Their philosophy of promoting the health safety and rights of victims of family violence and promoting the education of the community as listed in their statement of purpose is fulfilled by AProviding 24-hour emergency crisis intervention temporary emergency shelter food clothing and support services to victims of family violence BProviding transitional housing to promote an independent and productive lifestyle to female victims and their children CProviding 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 agencys 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 FamilyDomestic Violence Training Evidence Code Section 10371a2 open to everyone who wants to learn about familydomestic violence Upon completion participants receive a certificate A nominal 2000 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 Domestic violence sexual abuseelder abusegay lesbian abuse Impact of domestic violence on children Family Law Civil criminal law as it relates to domestic violence Cultural and societal attitudes toward domestic violence Anger management Crisis interventionpeer counseling techniques and Networking and available
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