EIN# 46-3286802

Local: 949-284-6730

NNEDV Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)


HOPE IN LIFE FOUNDATION is a US 501(C)(3) charitable organization established in 2013. The organization advances equity for women, men and children through advocacy, training, education and research. It works to end Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Violence Against women (VAW).

Hope in Life Foundation is a Council of Organization (COO) of United Nations Association, USA, Orange County Chapter http://www.una-oc.org/. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation and its local chapter nominated Hope in Life Foundation to lead the Cities for CEDAW Task Force. CEDAW is the Convention for Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1980. Unfortunately, the United States, one of the most industrialized nations in the world is yet to embrace it along with Iran, Sudan, South Sudan, Tonga and some others. Thirty four years later, in March 2014, Cities for CEDAW Program was launched to implement a CEDAW ordinance in 100 or more cities at the municipal level. In cities where CEDAW ordinance has been passed, it has lowered crimes against children and women. Chances are it may reduce human trafficking and domestic abuse. It also has the potential to decrease income disparity between men and women and increase disposable income for households. Join Orange County, CA residents to bring  CEDAW to your City. E-mail speakcedaw@gmail.com or hopeinlifefoundation@gmail.com for more information. Learn more at http://citiesforcedaw.org/

Hope in Life Foundation is a Cooperation Circle (CC) of United Religions Initiative http://www.uri.org/, a global grassroots interfaith network. As a URI CC, the organization works both locally and globally to cultivate peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together harmoniously. For more information, visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCja_6EAQcGjyEwz-9Dof4xw.

Hope in Life Foundation works in the following ways for social and economic equity:

(a) Proactively the organization works with children to educate them about the values of loving, caring and supportive families. Children actively engage in their communities to create awareness about social and economic issues via fashion shows, interviews and fund-raising events.

(b) Via the Reactive approach IPV victims receive support and guidance to contact resources that can help them immediately. The organization also works to end religiously motivated violence and develop supportive interfaith communities.


Ending Violence Against Women (VAW) and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) or Domestic Violence (DV) are aligned with CEDAW goals. Along with championing CEDAW, Hope in Life Foundation works to end VAW and IPV/DV before it begins. The California Penal Code 275.3 defines Domestic Violence as "Any person who willfully inflicts upon a person who is his or her spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or the mother or father of his or her child, corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition is guilty of a felony..." Basically, PC 273.5 requires some kind of bodily injury to be inflicted on a person with whom the defendant currently has, or previously had, a domestic relationship. The offense is sometimes referred to as •Domestic Abuse •Spousal Abuse •Spousal Battery Inflicting corporal injury under Penal Code 273.5 means a willful use of violent force. Examples would include hitting, punching, kicking, slapping or pushing. By willful, the statute means that the force must be done deliberately, as opposed to accidentally. An accidental shove, in the course of trying to get away from someone, for example, would not be a "willful" infliction of force. Other Penal Codes for Domestic Violence CA Penal Code 242 PC242):Battery - any willful or unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another. CA Penal Code 243 (e) PC 243(e): Battery against a spouse, cohabitant, parent of the defendant's children etc. CA Penal Code 240 PC240: Assault - an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability to commit a violent injury etc. CA Penal Code 136.1 PC136.1:intimidation of victims and witnesses

Types of Abuse in alphabetical order as provided by the United States Department of Justice:

Economic Abuse

Is defined as making or attempting to make an individual financially dependent by maintaining total control over financial resources, withholding one’s access to money, or forbidding one’s attendance at school or employment.

Psychological Abuse 

Elements of psychological abuse include  – but are not limited to – causing fear by intimidation; threatening physical harm to self, partner, children, or partner’s family or friends; destruction of pets and property; and forcing isolation from family, friends, or school and/or work.

Physical abuse

Hitting, slapping, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair pulling, etc are types of physical abuse. This type of abuse also includes denying a partner medical care or forcing alcohol and/or drug use upon him or her.

Emotional Abuse

Undermining an individual’s sense of self-worth and/or self-esteem is abusive. This may include, but is not limited to constant criticism, diminishing one’s abilities, name-calling, or damaging one’s relationship with his or her children.

Sexual Abuse

Coercing or attempting to coerce any sexual contact or behavior without consent. Sexual abuse includes, but is certainly not limited to, marital rape, attacks on sexual parts of the body, forcing sex after physical violence has occurred, or treating one in a sexually demeaning manner.

Abuse can be both physical and emotional. Emotional abuse is hard to pinpoint and sometimes even harder to recover from. Physical abuse leaves traces of the abuser on the victim’s body thereby making it easier for people to see. Verbal or non-verbal abuse is harder to detect and rescue. The psychological damage that comes along with either type of abuse makes it tougher on the victims. This organization is focused on restoring self-esteem in women and children who have been abused. The programs are structured to let go of the ‘victim’ in the person(s) and empower them to start leading a life of respect and dignity.

NNEDV Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
Local: 949-284-6730