Redding, Calif. - Missing woman believed to be dead sought help from One Safe Place.
Angela Jones, the executive director of One Safe Place, said Bridget Jacobs was a client last year.
"She called last February our crisis line and was concerned for her safety," Jones said.
Jones said Philip Jacobs, who was Bridget's husband at the time, had kicked Bridget out and gave her some money.
Jones said Bridget came to One Safe Place for help.
"At that time she shared the police report from the Maui incident and revealed that she was in a great amount of fear," Jones explained. "[Bridget said Philip] had strangled her at least five times."
Jones explained in an abusive relationship if your partner chokes or strangles you just once the chances of homicide increase by 700 percent.
Jones said Bridget was at high risk because Philip had strangled her.
"She wasn't interested in getting a restraining order because he had made the threat to her that he would kill her and then himself if he lost his license because of the domestic violence that had happened," she said.
Even after Philip was arrested and sent to jail for assault in Hawaii, he still held a job as a nurse practitioner at the Anderson Walk-In Medical Clinic.
Bridget did receive help from an advocate to come up with a plan to leave.
"She wanted to go to her sister's that was her safety plan," Jones said. "So she and the advocate made a safety plan around that. She was also encouraged to contact an attorney for a divorce and she was going to get out of town."
Bridget did follow through with her safety plan and that was the last they heard from her.
However, they had no idea she was back in contact with Philip.
They learned from Bridget's divorce attorney and law enforcement that she was missing.
Not long after learning Bridget was missing Jones learned that Philip admitted to investigators that Bridget had died and he dumped her body in Whiskeytown Lake.
"It's horrible. I think all of us here are hurting. This is why we come to work every day and we try to provide that help to her," she said.
Jones said it is important to not blame victims in domestic violence because the cycle of violence is hard to break.
She explained often times when victims want to leave there are threats of violence.
Jones said in the cycle you have a "tension" phase with argument. The it eventually leads to the "explosion" phase, usually this is where physical abuse occurs. After is the "honeymoon" phase, during this time the person is apologizing and making promises.
One Safe Place offers many services to people who want to change and take that step to break the cycle.
"We have a residence, a shelter that families can stay in, on going case management," she said. "There are multiple partners onsite, so there is therapy, crime victims assistance from the DA's office is here. We have multiple partners here that can provide help."
She added domestic violence has no boundaries and it can happen to anyone.
Jones mentioned men also can be victims of domestic violence. However, in Shasta County there are more woman than men who are victims.
One Safe Place has 24-hour Crisis Hotline, if you are in need of assistance call (530) 244-0117.
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