YREKA, Calif.-- October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. To help bring awareness to Siskiyou County, the Siskiyou Domestic Violence and Crisis Center held an open house Wednesday.
The Yreka-based center is dedicated to helping survivors through their recovery process. It's been open for 38 years.
It offers resources to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. The center also work to reduce these crimes through community awareness and prevention.
“I think that a lot of times that there’s stigma attached domestic violence issues, and we’re hoping [that] they come in and learn about our services," said Executive Director Carla Charraga. "If they have a friend that needs help, or they themselves need help, they feel more comfortable reaching out once they’ve met our staff and toured our facilities.”
The crisis center is also home to Siskiyou County's only confidential shelter. They'll house people who need to get away from their abusers.
"It’s something that’s a lot more prevalent, and I don’t think that people necessarily realize that. And we just want the community to know that we’re here to help, and that our doors are always open," said Charraga.
Staff run a 24/7 crisis hot line at (530) 842-6629. You can learn more about the center and the services it offers on its website.