Siskiyou Domestic Violence & Crisis Center

72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.

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You may be in an abusive relationship if...

You are you afraid to disagree with your partner or your partner tries to cut you off from your friends and family. You may be in an abusive relationship, if your partner follows or checks up on you and/or calls you names or yells at you. Also, warning signs you may be in an abusive realtionship include your partner criticizing or demeaning you, trying to control the way you dress or look, and/or accusing you of imagined encounters with others. Additionally, if you have been afraid to say no to sex, your partner has threatened to commit suicide if you leave, demands that you account for time spent without him/her, throws or breaks things in anger, or has ever hit, shoved, grabbed, slapped, pushed, or kicked you.

Parents should be aware...

Parents need to be aware they may observe these behaviors or attitudes in their child's friendships, as well as, their dating or intimate relationships. Even if you, your child, or someone you know, experience only one concerning behavior, but it occurs with any frequency, or seems to follow a pattern, this is a signal that you may want to learn more about relationship violence. If you, your child, or someone you know experience three concerning behaviors, it is time to seriously evaluate your safety or the safety of others. If five or more are experienced, it is time to get help immediately.

Abuse is not always physical...

Domestic violence is a process of psychological intimidation. Even strong, competent people can be controlled by a domestic partner. Domestic violence often begins with verbal abuse and emotional abuse, and can escalate to physical abuse. The threats and humilation can be more significant and longer lasting than bruises and broken bones. Stalking involves one person's obsessive behavior toward another person, causing that vicitm to fear for his/her safty. The stalker usual begins stalking behavior with annoying, threatening, or obscene telephone calls or written communications. The stalker's actions can escalate quickly, without provocation. Few victims are picked at random by their stalker, most stalking victims know their stalker and usually have had some type of past or present relationship. 

Examples of Emotional Abuse

  • Limiting where you can go, whom you can see, and what you can do. 
  • Makes all primary decisions
  • Has control over all finances and assets
  • Resents amount of time spent at work, with children, with friends.
  • Accusations of sexual infidelity
  • Checks up on where you have been
  • Has different public and private personalitites
  • Makes jokes about or down-plays abuse
  • Unpredicatable moods
  • Describes ways to hurt you, others, pets, belongings
  • Threatens to take the children from you
  • Threatens suicide
  • Describes all the things he/she is going to tell or do to your boss and your firends or family

Examples of Verbal Abuse

  • Name-calling - "dummy" "idiot"
  • Put-downs - "You are so stupid" "you never listen to anyone" "You only think of yourself" "How could I have ever married someone like you" "I won't be seen with you in public again"
  • Accusing and blaming - "You made me hurt you" "You always have to have the last word" "I'm reasonable. I'm a nice person. Why are you trying to make me mad?"
  • Criticism and Judgments - "You're always spending too much money" "You've made this same mistake over and over" "You don't have any idea how to raise children" "You always forget the nice things I've done for you" "You're too sensitive" "You can't take a joke"

Behaviors of a Child in Crisis

  • Loss of appetite or any change in eating patterns
  • Sleep disturbances such as nightmares and restlessness
  • School problems
  • Withdrawl
  • Clinging to parents or siblings
  • Shyness
  • Fear of the dark
  • Increased violent behavior 
  • Verbal abuse or talking back
  • Regression such as bed-wetting, wanting a bottle, baby talk, and thumb-sucking
  • Inappropriate responses to discipline
  • Temper tantrums
  • Oversensitivity
  • Role reversal such as taking on a parenting role
  • Stealing
  • Lying
  • Irregularity or diarrhea

About Us

When violence hits home we are here to help you!

Offering a helping hand to victims of domestic violence & sexual assault.

Our history

Siskiyou Domstic Violence & Crisis Center was orginally started with funding from the Yreka Business and Professional Women's Organization. The original funding provided a 24-hour,7 day-a-week hotline. Volunteers responded to calls. Victims and their children were housed in local motel rooms or bused to a Redding shelter. Eventually, a residence was rented and used as a local shelter. In 1984, the program became incorporated as a non-profit organization. In 1992, a residence was purchased to use as a safe shelter. To date, the shelter remains the only one of its kind in Siskiyou County. Many survivors and their children have received assistance through the domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and homeless services provided by the program. "Crisis Center" was added to the name in 1996 to reflect the additional services provided. 

Our mission

Siskiyou Domestic Violence & Crisis  Center is dedicated to facilitating a healthy  recovery process for all  domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and to reducing the occurrences of these crimes through community awareness and  prevention projects.  The mission of Siskiyou Domestic  Violence & Crisis Center is to assist  victims in becoming survivors by  providing advocacy and support  services while empowering them during this transitional period. It is also the goal of SDV&CC to influence public policy and  attitudes towards these crimes.

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Siskiyou Domestic Violence & Crisis Center

118 Ranch Ln, Yreka, California 96097, United States

(530) 842-6629


Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm

Our toll free hotline is available 24-hours a day 7 days a week. 1-877-842-4068.

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