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Knowing the Signs of Domestic Abuse

Two attempted murders Monday were tied to domestic abuse. Know the signs that could save you or a loved one.

Posted: Jan. 29, 2019 7:07 PM

Investigators say the two men killed in officer-involved shootings Monday in Butte and Tehama counties both tried to kill their ex-wives.

And another couple died in a murder-suicide in Tehama County on January 16.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly a third of women in California will experience some kind of intimate partner violence in their lifetimes.

Experts from One Safe Place, a domestic violence shelter in Redding say domestic abuse comes in many forms.

And it's important to know the warning signs of an abusive relationship before it turns to physical violence.

“Oftentimes, the abusive party will control how a person looks, how they dress, how they behave when they're outside of the home,” Jones said. “So those are things to be concerned with. Abuse to pets is also a huge red flag as well as are the children seeing domestic violence in the home”

One safe place is mostly known for its shelter.

But they also offer a number of other services to help victims of domestic and sexual abuse making it a one-stop-shop for anyone trying to escape domestic or sexual abuse.

“We have the shelter right here on-site,” Jones said. “But we also have the advocates and multiple partners from other organizations that are right here to wrap around and support victims that are wanting to get out of that relationship so that all the resources, or most of them, can all be in one place.”

And even if they don't have the resources someone needs on-site, they can refer them to some place that does, but the first step is making that call.

“There are resources out there that can help you,” Jones said. “And we're here just like the other organizations in other counties that can help. So reach out to us. Take that first step to at least find out what we can do to help you be safe. That's what we're here for, and we want you to come.”

In Redding and Shasta County, you can reach One Safe Place’s crisis hotline at (530) 244-0117.

In Tehama County, Empower Tehama is available in Red Bluff for victims of domestic abuse at (530) 528-0226.

And in Butte County, you can call Catalyst Domestic Violence Services in Chico at (530) 343-7711.

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