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24-Hour Helplines

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

 

Did you know that children from violent homes often display a variety of behavioral characteristics as a result of living in an unpredictable environment? Many of these characteristics are similar to those exhibited by children who have been abused in other ways.

Recent studies show that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys are sexually abused before they reach the age of 18 years, and that in homes where domestic violence is present, 50% of children living in those homes are abused physically and/or emotionally.

Characteristics of Children Suffering from Sexual Abuse

Behavioral Indicators:

  • Eating disturbances
  • Excessive fear or phobias of certain objects, people, places, or activities
  • Withdrawal, fantasy, or unusual acting out
  • Sexually provocative behavior, i.e., sexually acting out, showing unusual interest in sexual matters
  • Hyper-vigilance
  • Fear of restrooms, showers, or baths (common locations of abuse)
  • Abrupt personality changes, extreme mood swings, fearfulness, or excessive crying
  • Anxieties, especially at naptime
  • Uncharacteristic aggression or rebelliousness

Physical Indicators:

  • Difficulty walking or sitting
  • Pain or itching in the genital area
  • Torn, stained, or bloody under-clothing
  • Frequent urinary infection
  • Genital discharge
  • Psychosomatic symptoms (frequent headaches or stomach aches)

Characteristics of Children Suffering from Domestic Abuse

Behavioral Indicators:

  • Aggressive behaviors and nightmares
  • Short attention span
  • Acting anxious and/or having nervous disorders
  • Bullying other children or being violent towards others
  • Appearing depressed, embarrassed, or humiliated
  • Appearing to feel powerless or worthless
  • Using violence to express frustration, anger, and stress
  • Appearing shy, lonely and fearful
  • Difficulty setting boundaries or often violating others’ space or rights
  • Self isolating from others

Physical Indicators:

  • Evidence of unexplained physical injury
  • Appearing to be emotionally or physically neglected
  • Bedwetting reversal, frequent headaches, and stomach aches
  • Frequently ill, absent from school

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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
  • Shelters
  • Youth Drop-In Center

Locations Closed Until Further Notice 

  • Lodi Office

Postponed until further notice

  • WCYFS Annual Luncheon

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.