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24-Hour Helplines

Domestic Violence: (209) 465-4878
Sexual Assault: (209) 465-4997
Youth/Human Trafficking: (209) 948-1911


Get information on teen dating violence here.


  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2003.
  • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence -- almost triple the national average. (Source: Department of Justice, 2006.)
  • The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence. (Source: S.L. Feld & M.A. Strauss, 1989.
  • Being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls 6x more likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to get an STI. (Source: Decker M, Silverman J, Raj A. Dating Violence and Sexually Transmitted Disease/HIV Testing and Diagnosis Among Adolescent Females, 2005.)
  • 19% of teens in relationships say their partner has used a cellular device or the Internet to spread rumors or share private and embarrassing pictures or videos of them (Liz Claiborne Inc., Conducted by Teen Research Unlimited, 2007.)
  • Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse. (Source: Liz Claiborne Inc., Conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, 2005.)
  • Eighty one percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue. (Source: “Women’s Health,” Family Violence Prevention Fund and Advocates for Youth, 2004.)

Digital Abuse

Digital dating abuse is the use of technology such as texting and social media to stalk, harass or intimidate a partner. This behavior is a form of emotional or verbal abuse that is being perpetrated in an online setting.

You may be experiencing digital abuse if your partner:

  • Looks through your phone, checking texts, calls, and pictures.
  • Constantly texts or calls and is upset if there isn’t an immediate response.
  • Sends you unwanted explicit pictures or videos and asks the same of you. Often referred to as sexting.
  • Uses sites like Facebook and Twitter to keep tabs on you.
  • Puts you down in a status update.
  • Sends you negative or insulting e-mails, texts, tweets or Facebook messages.
  • Tells you who you can and cannot be friends with on Facebook or other sites.
  • Steals or insists on being given your passwords.

If you are leaving an abusive relationship, you may want to:

  • Block your ex from Facebook and other social networking pages. Don’t check-in on Foursquare or other location-based apps or sites – you may not want your ex to know where you are.
  • Adjust your privacy settings to reduce the amount of information people can view on your page.
  • Avoid posting private details on your friend’s page because they may not have appropriate privacy settings in place.
  • Keep track of threatening texts or messages.






WCYFS cares deeply about the health of its community, supporters, clients and team. Due to rising concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and recommendations from government agencies, we have made changes to ensure the safety of everyone.

Effective immediately, the following programs, services and events are limited, postponed or cancelled:


In-Person Services are Limited 

  • Our 24-Hour helplines are available for over the phone crisis services.

24-Hour Helplines 
Domestic Violence | (209) 465-4878 
Sexual Assault | (209) 465-4997 
Youth/Human Trafficking | (209) 948-1911 

  • Client appointments are available by phone.
  • Court accompaniment will be on a case-by-case basis at this time. 
  • We are still available to assist with any urgent temporary restraining order (TRO) needs over the phone during business hours (209) 941-2611.

Locations Open

  • San Joaquin Street Office
  • California Street Office
  • DAWN House
  • Safe House
  • Opportunity House

Locations Closed Until Further Notice 

  • WCYFS’ Youth Drop-In Center is closed to the public, but WCYFS will continue to provide food to youth clients in need. Youth clients are able to pick up food at the California Street Office from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
  • Lodi Office
  • Serenity House

Postponed until further notice

  • WCYFS 40th Annual Luncheon
  • Victim Assistance Training (VAT)

Cancelled until further notice 

  • Support Groups
  • Parenting Courses 

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and support! Please call us at (209) 941-2611 or check back for any new updates.