CATS Mission and Vision
The mission of Northridge Hospital Medical
Centers CATS program is to assure and promote dignity and respect
for victims of domestic and sexual assault and child victims of sexual abuse,
minimize their trauma, and provide law enforcement with the evidentiary
documentation to successfully prosecute perpetrators. Our vision is of a
world in which every child and adult are free of abuse, neglect and
exploitation and able to achieve his or her full potential for a health
filled, responsible and productive life.
Who are the Victims
Most people think that child abuse and neglect
only happens to babies and small children. Thats not true. About
two thirds of all cases of child abuse involve children between the ages
of five and eighteen. At CATS we treat victims of domestic and sexual
assault and child victims of sexual abuse of all ages in a warm and
caring environment. To most victims, CATS represents their first step
on the road to recovery.
Prevention through Education
CATS provides, off-site and online learning
experiences to teachers, child care providers, social workers, healthcare
practitioners and other professionals who work with children. The program
incorporates awareness, risks, prevention and reporting procedures through
the use of educational materials, books, videos, power point presentations,
and the online training modules.
Working with Community Agencies
CATS is a collaborative multidisciplinary program
with a broad range of established relationships. CATS collabrates with law
enforcement, child protective services, district attorneys
office, and advocacy agencies.
How I Can Help
CATS is a program of Northridge Hospital Medical Center,
a nonprofit community hospital. CATS depends on the generous donations of private
individuals, foundations, and corporations to sustain its services.
Send a donation.