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CATS: Center for Assault Treatment Services Partners

Law Enforcement

Law enforcement agencies are responsible for ensuring the safety of the survivor, determining whether a crime has been committed, starting the investigative process, identifying and apprehending suspects and preparing a report to be forwarded to the District Attorney. Partners include the Los Angeles Police Department and their Abused Child Unit, the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department and law enforcement agencies of neighboring cities: i.e. Simi Valley, Glendale, the City of San Fernando, and Burbank.

The District Attorneys
District Attorneys Office file criminal cases with the court and works directly with CATS nurse examiners as expert witnesses on cases.

Department of Children and Family Services
Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the child protection agency in Los Angeles County refers cases of child physical and sexual abuse to CATS, sits on the CATS Community Advisory Board, and operates an Emergency Command Post.

Strength United (formerly Valley Trauma Center)
Strength United — a crisis counseling agency — provides advocacy to victims, short and long term counseling, support groups, information and referrals for other services, and prevention education programs for victims of sexual assault. Strength United Advocates are available 24-hours-per-day to meet with survivors and families at the CATS center and provide crisis intervention and follow-up counseling. Strength United is a Charter Center for the California State University, Northridge.

Boys and Girls Club of the San Fernando Valley
California State University, Northridge
Child Care Resource Center
Children’s Institute International
El Projecto del Barrio
Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect
Latin American Civic Association – Head Start
Los Angeles Unified School District
Northeast Valley Health Corporation
Phoenix House
Public Counsel Law Center
San Fernando Valley Child Abuse Council
San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council

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