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A spike in domestic violence reports has people calling for change

By Tracey Leong, tleong@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jul 24 2013 02:15:20 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 24 2013 06:12:19 PM CDT

Seonaidh Anderson a Volunteer for the One Safe Place 24-hour Crisis Helpline speaks on the importance of self regulation and self awareness in preventing domestic violence.

Redding, Calif. -

Advocates in Shasta County working to end domestic violence and sexual assault have seen a rise in reports, and they want to work with the community to end it.

In California, one in four women will experience domestic violence, and for those that do, 30% of murders are a result of this abuse.

“When its really warm outside and people are frustrated with our current economic situation that’s when people tend to get frustrated or stressed or anxious and take it out on the ones they love,” said One Safe Place assistant director of client services Emily Westphal.

Emily Westphal was born and raised in Shasta County. She is sad to see the rates of domestic abuse and sexual assaults go up.

“I have a heart for the community and I want to give back,” said Westphal.

Westphal has dedicated her career to prevention education. She says by educating the community, it can help to put an end to domestic violence.  Plus, she wants victims to know the resources they have available to get help. With a dedicated group of staff and volunteers, Westphal says One Safe Place is accomplishing its mission.

“Victims know that at any time when they are in need they can contact us,” said Westphal.

Westphal manages the 24- hour crisis line, and says the center averages about 100 calls per month.

One Safe Place is currently looking for more volunteers for their crisis line. If you are interested in helping, they are accepting applications. Also if you or a person you know are a victim of domestic violence or abuse you can contact One Safe Place- in Shasta County: 244-0117 or Shingletown area: 474-1910.  You can also visit their website for more information: http://www.ospshasta.org/