Center for Assault Treatment Services

Who We Are 
The Center for Assault Treatment Services (C∙A∙T∙S), located in Van Nuys is a program of Dignity Health – Northridge Hospital. Our certified advanced-trained Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNE) have provided forensic medical evidentiary examinations and interviews in a safe and supportive enviornment to over 17,700 children and adults affected by violence since 1997. All services are provided free of charge to victims 24/7/365 days a year. C∙A∙T∙S is a team member of the local designated Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and Domestic Assault Response Team (DART) and the only partner that provides medical evidentiary examinations and collection of evidence.

C∙A∙T∙S Team

Joni Novosel, Director Center for Healthier Communities


Priscilla Lomeli, Administrative Coordinator


Maggi Espada-Hernandez, Special Events Manager
MaryAnn Lague, Manager/Forensic Nurse Examiner


Between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019  C∙A∙T∙S served 1,107 victims.

52% of the victims were children seventeen years old and younger.

Mission Statement
C∙A∙T∙S mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive care to victims of domestic and sexual assault and child victims of sexual abuse in a supportive and comforting environment through a coordinated collaborative effort.

What We Do
Clinical Services – Medical exams and evidence collection, assessment of injuries, laboratory testing, medication for acute assault victims, medical referrals and follow-up examinations as necessary.

Specialized forensic interviews of victims are provided to law enforcement, local district attorneys and child protective services. Audio and video recording of each interview reduces repetitive victim interviews. Translations services are provided for non-English speaking individuals.

Concerted community outreach educates thousands of teachers, childcare providers, medical professionals, police departments and community members each year about the different types of abuse indicators of abuse, the importance of reporting abuse and the short and long term consequences of failing to report abuse. New prevention programs include Safe Dates - an adolescent dating abuse prevention program and Escape Now an Abuse Prevention & Empowerment program for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities to make effective, self-protective decisions. 

Free Workshops – For information on conducting a Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Workshop at your facility, c
all 818-908-8632. If you would like information for Prevention Education call 818-718-5922. 

Why We Exist

  • 75% of sexual assaults are unreported
  • 1 in 6 females are sexually abused
  • 80% of victims know their attacker
  • Every 92 seconds someone is assaulted
  • Sexual assault knows no boundries and affects all ages, races, gender and socio-economic status

How We Do It 
C∙A∙T∙S is part of the Family Justice Center, a multi-agency approach which co-locates with other agencies that are experts in child sexual abuse and maltreatment and adults who experience sexual and domestic violence. Our primary on-site partners are Strength United Family Justice Center, Los Angeles Police Department, and Los Angeles City and County Attorneys.

All our services are provided free of charge to victims so we have counted on the generosity of our donors, sponsors and Victory for Victims participants.

What Can You Do? 
Report all incidence of child or adult domestic and sexual violence. Participate in our Annual Victory for Victims Walk/Run event each April.

To make a contribution please call 818-718-5922. You can also donate online or by mail, please make checks payable to Northridge Hospital Foundation c/o C∙A∙T∙S and mail to Northridge Hospital Foundation c/o  C∙A∙T∙S 8210 Etiwanda Avenue, Reseda, CA 91335.

For more information contact C∙A∙T∙S at 818-908-8632 or check us out on our Facebook page:

Useful Resources: 

  • For specialized medical treatment and evidence collection following child or adult sexual assault or domestic violence call 818-908-8630.
  • The Child Abuse Hotline for Los Angeles County is 800-540-4000. 
  • The Adult Protective Services Elder Abuse reporting line is 877-477-3646. 
  • Resource for mandated reporting is
  • C∙A∙T∙S partner agency, Strength United provides a certified rape crisis/domestic violence advocate who can provide support through the exam process and post-traumatic counseling to victims by calling 818-886-0453.



For details or questions, please contact Jenny Zeltser at 818-885-5341 Ext. 3 or