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Does your partner frighten you with threats of violence or throw things at you when angry? Hit, shoved, grabbed, slapped, pushed, or kicked you? Say it's your fault you were hit? Is your partner very jealous, make unwanted phone calls, uninvited visits, calls you names, or yells at you? Promise it won't happen again, and then it does? Does your partner try to control the way you dress or who you see? Maybe your partner accuses you of imagined encounters with others or has threatened to commit suicide if you leave.
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 humiliation can be more significant and longer lasting than bruises and broken bones.
The five most common reasons are:
Escalating violence, stalking, hostage taking, harassment, threats against children, promises of change.
LACK OF SAFE OPTIONS
Housing, jobs, healthcare, schooling, information, etc.
LACK OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Pressures to stay in relationship, religious or cultural values, family or children, "victim blaming" attitudes of the community.
VICTIM OVERWHELMED BY THE IMMEDIATE PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICIAL TRAUMA.
HOPE Victim's continual hope and belief in the perpetrator's promises to change and stop being violent.
There are many myths surrounding domestic violence. Some of the most common myths are:
Let us help you change these statistics. Siskiyou Domestic Violence & Crisis Center is here to help. FREE and CONFIDENTIAL Services available and include:
Siskiyou Domestic Violence & Crisis Center is a community based, private, non-profit organization committed to helping the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The client services center is located at:
118 Ranch Ln, Yreka, California 96097, United States