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24-Hour Helplines

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

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What does Domestic Violence mean?

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What does Domestic Violence mean: violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of spouse or partner. This is the definition from Oxford Languages. But what does it mean to someone in the midst of the storm?

To a child, that could mean the way a mommy and daddy love each other; to a neighbor, it could just be the way they fight. To family, it is always how those two act. Are these some of the things you thought when you witnessed a couple fighting? Or did you see someone get their hair yanked as you were in your car at a stop light and thought, wow, wonder what she did?

4,497 incidents of domestic violence calls occurred in San Joaquin County in 2019. Over half of the incidents of domestic violence are never reported. Is it shame, blame, guilt, or just fear that keeps a victim from reporting?

Domestic Violence is the first link in a sequence of life events that begin what is known as the generational cycle of violence. The cycle begins with the trauma a child experiences when exposed to violence, crime, or abuse in their homes, schools, and communities. Over the course of their lifetimes, 57 percent of the children who had witnessed intimate partner violence were also direct victims of child abuse. This is the beginning of the cycle with untrusting, unsecure, angry and emotionally detached relationships. Ill equipped to manage their feelings and depression, they use violence or accept violence as a coping mechanism. These first exposures to violence increase overlapping issues such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, isolation, shame fear, guilt, and low self-esteem.

These exposures to violence place children at risk for physical injury and are more likely than others to have poor overall health, have illnesses that require medical attention, attempt suicide or are involved in self-injury Evidence of exposure to child abuse or neglect has profound effects on brain development and cognition, causing academic difficulties and failures, placing these children at high risk to drop out of school.

Behavioral problems, substance abuse or dependency, teen pregnancy, aggression, conduct disorder, delinquency, and violence to include “dating violence”, high rates of victimization are seen in the children who have exposures. Approximately seventy percent of youth in residential placement had some type of past traumatic experience. These offenses were likely to lead to poly-victimization. These children are more likely to go on to become Juvenile offenders (Nofzinger & Kurtz, 2005).

Studies have shown that exposures to multiple kinds of violence predicts negative outcomes beyond what they experienced. These outcomes are psychological distress, adjustment in adult relationships, school grades, physical health, teen pregnancy, delinquency, bullying, self-harm, teed dating violence perpetration, and adult intimate violence victimization and perpetration. These children go on to become the next link to the generational cycle of violence we are seeing in our community today.

Unfortunately, 1 in 15 children across America will experience daily violence in their home. Here in San Joaquin county the rate is higher with 1 in 10. This is completely preventable. We can begin to break this cycle, one step at a time. It begins with you!

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience Domestic Violence over their lifetime. These are startling statistics that continue to grow with each year. COVID-19has caused an increased sensitivity with the need to socially distance. It has made those that hide their abuse even easier to stay in the shadows, their abusers are locked behind the closed doors with them. No escape. No way to ask for help, no one reaching out to lend a hand from the pain. What or How do we stop this? You, your friends, our community are the end to this cycle that has raged through the generations in our community.


What can you do? Do you make that call? Do you reach out to the abused?

Becoming aware is the first step, there is hope to end this cycle, and it starts with providing critical life changing services that will provide stepping stones to those that have been abused to begin to rebuild their lives with safe coping mechanisms, learning how to have healthy safe relationships, building boundaries, and self-esteem.


YOU Can make a difference!

Find out how you can get help or help for someone else.

Volunteer: become an advocate and help us educate the community on the cycle of violence and the need to change.

Donate: Help us to continue to provide these life changing services that continue to make a difference in thousands of lives each year.






Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is held throughout the month of October as a way to bring awareness and help end domestic violence. We ask YOU, our community, to unite in our work to end domestic violence because we cannot do it alone. It is time to show solidarity, support and share the stories affecting our community not just those being victimized.


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What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence (also called intimate partner violence, domestic abuse, or relationship abuse) is a pattern of one partner controlling another through threats and abuse. Domestic violence includes a wide range of abusive behavior including physical, emotional, financial and psychological, and it is un-discriminatory of age, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status or gender.

Learn more about Domestic Violence


How to Get Involved?

We encourage everyone to get involved and help raise awareness about domestic violence every October and year-round. Each one of us has can make the difference.

Help our participants get back on the road to healing and independence by donating.

Join us for our event throughout our awareness month to show your support and solidarity for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence. Click Here to see our current events.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for daily news, tips, and resources. Share our posts to help raise awareness.

Invite us to do a presentation for your business, school, church or organization about our programs and services. Call to schedule a presentation at (209) 941-2611.

Stay informed and get resources so you can help end domestic violence in our community.



Need Help?

Speak to an advocate today! Call our 24-Hour Helpline at (209) 465-4878.



Donate Your Automobile and More!

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Donate your Car, Truck, Boat, RV or Motorcycle – Running or Not!! Tax Deductible!

For more information contact Car Donation Services at 1-888-686-4483 or click here to donate directly.

Get rid of that unneeded vehicle and receive a tax deduction! It’s easy! Be sure to designate Women's Center-Youth & Family Services as your charity of choice. We have teamed up with Car Donations Services, Inc. to provide you with the easiest way possible to donate your vehicle whether it is running or not! Your donation will make a positive impact on the lives of runaway & homeless youth and individuals and families impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Donate Today! 

Car Donations Services has been helping local charities since 1990 and will take care of every aspect of your car donation, allowing you peace of mind that the transaction will be completed efficiently and properly. CDS uses multiple methods to sell the vehicles, so your vehicle will sell for more which means more money for us and a larger tax deduction for you!

CDS is a licensed Commercial Fundraiser as recognized by the California State Attorney General's Registry of Charitable Trusts. Visit them online at www.cardonationservices.com or call 1-888-6TO-GIVE (1-888-686-4483).


WCYFS Needs During COVID-19

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Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services (WCYFS) understands this is a difficult and unprecedented time, and we hope everyone is staying safe. While we are practicing social distancing as a community to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, WCYFS remains committed to serving victims and homeless youth. We continue to provide critical services and crisis intervention to individuals and families through our 24-hour helplines, phone appointments and limited in-person contact. Despite the urgent health crisis at hand, victimization does not stop. Help us do our part by donating and showing your support for at-risk, runaway & homeless youth and victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Here are our needs during this time:

    • Water bottles
    • Toilet paper
    • Hand sanitizers
    • Soap
    • Disposable latex gloves
    • Diapers
    • Baby wipes
    • Socks

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If you are shopping on AmazonSmile 0.5% of the price will be donated to a charitable organization. Choose Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services as your organization of choice.


Drop off or ship donations to:

620 N. San Joaquin Street
Stockton, CA 95202
Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 5:00 pm


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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 

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  • 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

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.