It may not feel like it right now, but you have options.
Being abused by someone you love can be hard to wrap your head around. Your home life may feel volatile and unpredictable some of the time, but normal - or even picture-perfect - the rest of the time. You may be more afraid of what will happen if you leave than you are of what will happen if you stay. Maybe you have moments - or days, or months - in which you know, without a doubt, that you must do something to make it stop, but feel helpless to pull yourself out of the situation. If this sounds familiar, please reach out to Empower Tehama. Talking to an advocate - in person, or even just on the phone - won't obligate you to do anything further. It's just good to know what your options are. Whether you want to stay or leave, we're here for you. It's up to you.
It's your life.
It's your choice.
** All victim services are voluntary and confidential. **
24-hour Crisis Hotline
Empower Tehama's Crisis Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call whether you want out now or plan to stay forever. Whether you just need to talk or have specific questions. Just call. 530-528-0226.
Anonymous calls accepted.
A state of crisis can be brought on by recent abuse, fear of continued abuse, or even memories of past abuse. It's hard to think straight when you're in crisis, and can even cause you to doubt if you're truly seeing things the way they are. It helps to talk to an advocate who's trained in the effects of domestic violence, in a place you know is safe. Empower Tehama is that place, and a certified Domestic Violence Crisis Counselor is always available between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and 24/7 on the Crisis Hotline.
Legal Advocacy & Assistance
You don't have to go it alone. Get help filling out and filing protective orders, and help with family and civil matters that were caused by victimization. Legal advocates are available to provide support and accompaniment during court proceedings. If you've chosen to participate in criminal justice matters that hold offenders accountable - like providing a statement to law enforcement or testifying in court - Empower Tehama can help you understand how that system works and stay by your side through the whole thing.
As alone as you may feel right now, you'll be reassured to hear that you're not the only one who's gone through this. Many survivors have reported that talking about it with fellow survivors, working through some of the confusion, learning about healing and getting the tools to create a safe future can be life-changing. Support groups are facilitated by trained staff and include both a psycho-educational component and opportunities to talk about your experience and listen to the experiences of fellow survivors. If you think Support Group might help you, call or drop by Empower Tehama and ask for an assessment.
Your safety is our top priority. Shelter is a place to stay, temporarily, when you have no other safe place to stay because of domestic violence. Shelter is secure - nobody can come in without authorization, so you know you're safe there. If you're in an abusive relationship and have nowhere safe to go, call Empower Tehama at 530-528-0226 drop in at Empower Tehama's Business Center between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday for an emergency assessment.
On-site Transitional Housing
Empower Tehama's on-site Transitional Housing facility is a place to live semi-independently while you get ready to get your own place. It's on the same property as Empower Tehama's Business Center, so residents can access Empower Tehama services easily. In this program, a Housing Case Management will work with you help address issues that might be making it hard to get or keep permanent housing, and will help you find permanent housing. To find out if On-Site Transitional Housing is right for you, drop in at Empower Tehama's Business Center between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and ask for a Housing Application.
Rental Assistance Program
Getting on your feet can be a challenge after experiencing trauma. If you're homeless due to domestic violence, and you're having trouble establishing a safe place of your own, Empower Tehama may be able to help you get started. In this program, a Housing Case Manager will work with you help address issues that might make it hard to keep your housing once you graduate from the program. To find out if the Rental Assistance Program is right for you, drop in at Empower Tehama's Business Center between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and ask for a Housing Application.