Center for Assault Treatment Services

 Who We Are 

The Center for Assault Treatment Services (C∙A∙T∙S) a program of Dignity Health – Northridge Hospital Medical Center has been serving the area since August 1997.  C∙A∙T∙S is the only 24-hour, 7-day-per-week member of the only designated domestic abuse and “Sexual Assault Response Team in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. We provide the highest level of evidence collection services. C∙A∙T∙S staff all has advanced training as Forensic Nurse Examiners for adult and child interviews. We are dedicated to treating children and adults affected by violence.

Between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016  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.

Free Workshops – 
C∙A∙T∙S can conduct a Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Workshop at your facility. Call 818-908-8632 for more information.

Why We Exist 

  • A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds or 3 million per year. (Child Help 2012)
  • Each day in the United States approximately 5 children die (National Children’s Alliance)
  • One in every 7 girls and one in every 25 boys are sexually abused by 18
  • Only 38% of child victims disclose sexual abuse
  • An estimated 42 million survivors of childhood sex abuse exist in America today (Child Welfare)
  • 90% of child sexual assault victims knew their abuser (Darkness to Light 2013)

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 so we have counted on the generosity of our donors, charity athletes, and our
C∙A∙T∙S guild.

What Can You Do? 

Report all incidence of child or adult domestic and sexual violence.

To make a contribution or join the
C∙A∙T∙S Guild 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 Barbara Gonzalez at 818-718-5903 or check it out on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CATS.NorthridgeHospital

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 mandatedreporterca.com/training/generaltraining.htm.

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.

 

 

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