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You Are Not Alone: The Strength of Haven Hills

Domestic violence can happen to anyone.

Married couples. People who are living together or who are dating. Teens. College students. Newlyweds. So-called “Power Couples” blessed with wealth and fame. Men and women working to raise themselves out of poverty. LGBTQ partners. People with disabilities. Seniors. Anyone.

Domestic violence affects everyone. So we all need to understand what domestic violence is. Learn how to recognize the signs of DV happening in your own life, or in the lives of friends, family, neighbors, co-workers. Anyone you know.

Always remember: Domestic violence shows itself as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to get or keep power and control over an intimate partner.

Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions to influence another person. In an abusive relationship, one intimate partner uses physical, sexual, emotional or other violence to try Read More →

Immigrants and Domestic Violence

Yes, ALL immigrants in the U.S. do have the right to live life free from violence and abuse. Haven Hills has been honored to serve the community in the San Fernando Valley area of Southern California for over forty years. We have become experts on the special challenges that immigrants to the U.S. face. We want our English-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities to recognize that abusive partners have additional ways to exert power and control over their victims due to the victim’s immigration status. If you are an immigrant or refugee in an abusive relationship, you may face challenges that can make it feel difficult to reach out for help. Read the following checklist to find out if you are being manipulated because you are an immigrant:

Are you being isolated? Does your partner control what you do, who you see, who you talk to, where the money is spent? Make you feel bad, humiliated, and worthless? Is your intimate partner preventing you from learning English or communicating with friends, family or the many other people from your home country living right here in Southern California?

Does your partner threaten you with deportation? Is your intimate partner trying to control you by threatening to withdraw your application for legal status?

Has your partner taken possession of important documents that are rightfully yours? Has your abusive partner taken, hidden or destroyed legal documents or papers you need in this country such as passports, resident cards, health insurance or driver’s licenses?

Is your partner manipulating your path to U.S. citizenship or legal residency? Has your partner withdrawn or failed to file papers for your residency? Has your partner lied to you by threatening that you will lose your citizenship or residency if you report the physical or sexual violence to the police? Does your partner tell you that it is your fault he hurts you and says “if only you wouldn’t make him act this way,” he wouldn’t have to withdraw your immigration papers?

Has your partner caused you to lose employment? Has your intimate partner tried to get you fired from your job by Read More →

Haven Hills is proud to welcome Iliana Tavera as its new Executive Director

June 22, 2015

Iliana TaveraIliana Tavera joins Haven Hills with more than 19 years of non-profit experience, most recently as Executive Director of LA Team Mentoring (LATM) an organization that provides team mentoring services to at-risk youth in the City of Los Angeles.

Prior to LATM, Iliana was the Southern California Director for Naturebridge. NatureBridge fosters environmental literacy to sustain our planet through hands-on environmental science programs for children and teens in nature’s classroom.  There she was responsible for the overall leadership and management of NatureBridge’s Southern California initiatives and education programs which provided more than 3,000 students with environmental education in the Santa Monica Mountains and Channel Islands.

Iliana was also Director of Operations for the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, a facility dedicated to providing housing for families whose children are faced with critical illness.  In this capacity, Iliana was responsible for the daily operations of family services and facility management as well as strategic planning and operational budgeting initiatives.  Iliana managed the expansion of the Ronald McDonald House, which more than doubled occupancy from 35 to 75 rooms, by supervising the final construction to move-in phases of the project.  In addition, she managed the complete renovation of the original Ronald McDonald House facility, which required acting as site supervisor for a large portion of the project.

Iliana began her career at the Ronald McDonald House as Director of Development and was responsible for planning, management and implementation of the fundraising plan for an annual operating budget of $1.5 million.  In this capacity, she met or surpassed the agency’s fundraising goals for seven years.  In addition, she was a member of the capital expansion team, which raised over $17 million for the addition of 40 new family rooms, expanded common spaces and property acquisition.

Prior to joining The Ronald McDonald House, Iliana worked for the California Science Center Foundation where, as Grant Writer, she was responsible for writing proposals leading to funding for the educational programming of the California Science Center.

Iliana is a graduate of the Harvard University where she was honored as a Stride Rite Community Service Scholar.