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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 environment to over 17,700 children and adults affected by interpersonal 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.

Who Supports Us:

The Center for Assault Treatment Services received several grants to support victims of physical abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking. Funding supports the uncompensated cost of clinical treatment of victims, which includes forensic interviews, medical examinations, the highest level of evidence collection and assessment of injuries, laboratory testing, medical referrals, and follow-up examinations as medically necessary.

We also partner with the Medical Safe Haven. The Medical Safe Haven (MSH) is the only program of its kind in Los Angeles that provides integrated medical and mental health treatment to human trafficking victims. Physicians have been extensively trained in victim-centered, trauma-informed care. The Program is located at Dignity Health Medical Group - Northridge Family Medicine.

For more information on our Human Trafficking Program, please click HERE

All services are provided free of charge to victims 24/7/365 days a year. We are so thankful to our donors who have made this program possible. Grants have been received by so many amazing donors that include:

•    Boeing Employee Community Fund
•    George Hoag
•    In-N-Out Burger Foundation
•    Johnny Carson Foundation
•    Lon V. Smith Foundation
•    Mark Hughes Foundation
•    Panera Share the Dough
•    Raskob Foundation 
•    Sunair Children’s Foundation
•    Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity
•    as well as others.

Each year the C∙A∙T∙S program hosts an annual Victory for Victims Walk/Run in the spring, where thousands of people come out to support. To view more information on this event, click here.