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CATS: About Our Program

 
Center for Assault Treatment Services program at Northridge Hospital Medical Center

About Our Program
Founded in 1997, in response to a community need, Northridge Hospital Medical Center’s CATS program is the only 24 hour, 7 day-a-week program for victims of domestic and sexual assault and child victims of sexual abuse of all ages in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys of Los Angeles County, California.

CATS has three service components:

1) Medical evidentiary examinations and forensic interviews for victims and witnesses of crime provided in a supportive environment by specially trained Forensic Nurse Examiners;
2) Case managed counseling and referrals provided by the Valley Trauma Center; and
3) Outreach and training. This website only addresses outreach and training, not clinical matters.

CATS works with law enforcement, child protective services, and the District Attorney’s office to assist with the collection of evidence, proper reporting of abuse and follow-up investigation. CATS also collaborates with the local rape crisis center to provide advocates and post abuse treatment for victims; and with local community-based organizations to provide training and education for mandated child abuse reporters.

Prevention is the Key
CATS has provided prevention education to many thousands of individuals including: children, parents, child care providers, law enforcement, teachers, healthcare workers, and other community organizations. Prevention is the key to decreasing the incidence of child abuse in our community. CATS is dedicated to preventing sexual abuse and assault by:

Increasing awareness
Empowering individuals
Encouraging reporting

Together We Can Stop Child Abuse
Sexual and physical abuse robs so many of our children of their childhood, their sense of security and well being, and their future. Sexual abuse and assault affects an alarming number of children and adults from all ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. With the help of individual like you, CATS can expand its outreach in the community.

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