IF SOMEONE IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, PLEASE CALL 9-1-1.
We’re proud of you for speaking up. Everything you mention to us is confidential, and we are here to provide a safe, non-judgmental place for you to express your concerns.
Many moms, dads, children, and senior citizens who are affected by domestic violence find it very difficult to come forward to seek help. We believe every family in Shasta County should be healthy, happy, and strong. It is because of people like you that others will feel empowered to end the cycle of violence.
Please call (530) 244-0117 to speak with our trained counselors or fill out the form below. We are available 24/7 to take your call.
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Volunteer Opportunities at One SAFE Place
Volunteering at One SAFE Place can be a very rewarding and fulfilling experience. We invite you to fill out our Volunteer Application online. For more information on Volunteer Opportunities, please visit our Volunteer page.
We are committee to creating a culture of bystanders who are actively engaged in preventing violence community-wide. For tips on how to be an “Upstander” check out the information provided here.
Suggestions for Intervention and Prevention When You See Violence Happening
One SAFE Place encourages safe intervention practices when you observe signs of someone being affected by domestic violence or sexual assault. Please do not intervene if it means you are putting yourself in danger or increasing the risk to others. The safety of everyone involved is most important.Taking steps to free others from domestic violence or sexual assault can have a lasting and significant impact on individuals and the community.
Here are some situations in which you may be able to intervene in order to disrupt the perpetuation of domestic violence and sexual assault in our culture.
When you see:
- the objectification of women
- the demeaning of men
- violence and aggression
- sexually abusive or physically violent hazing
- victim blaming
Here are some tactics you may try to use:
- Common sense
- The use of “I” statements (instead of “You” statements)
- 1.) State your feelings; 2.) Name the behavior; 3.) State how you want the person to respond. Example: “I feel ______ when you _____. Please don’t do that anymore.”
- Silent Stare
- Remember, you don’t have to speak to communicate. Sometimes a disapproving look can be far more powerful than words.
- Reduce the tension of an intervention and create an opportunity for the target to escape.
- Group Intervention
- There is safety and power in numbers. Best used with someone who has a clear pattern of inappropriate behavior where many examples can be presented as evidence of the problem.
- Bring It Home
- Prevent someone from distancing themselves from the impact of their actions.
- Example: “I hope no one ever talks about you like that.”
- Prevent someone from dehumanizing their target.
- Example: “What if someone said your friend deserved to be raped or called your family member a derogatory name?”
- We’re Friends, Right…?
- Reframe the intervention as caring and non-critical
- Example: “Hey, as your friend I’ve got to tell you that getting someone drunk to have sex with them is not cool, and could get you in a lot of trouble. Don’t do it.”
- Redirect the situation to enable time for the target to escape
- Example: Ask a man harassing a woman on the street for directions or the time.
- Example: Spill your drink on the person or interrupt and start a conversation with the person.