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The mission of Catalyst is to reduce the incidence of intimate partner violence through crisis intervention services, community education and the promotion of healthy relationships.

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Catalyst is a nonprofit organization committed to serving the needs of all victims of domestic violence and their children regardless of ethnicity, citizenship, language, religion, physical disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status.

If you are experiencing abuse in your relationship, Catalyst can help. Our advocates are available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you in the event of a crisis.

In addition to direct services and outreach, Catalyst is also able to provide referrals to other resources, organizations, and agencies.

1 in 3 people will experience relationship abuse in their lifetime. Catalyst is here to support all survivors of domestic violence, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, education level, social status, country of origin, age, religion, or ethnicity.

Catalyst Volunteer Opportunities

We have many volunteer opportunities for community members who are interested in donating their time to work in Catalyst’s programs.

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Collaborations & Partnerships

The effects of intimate partner violence are numerous and wide reaching. Catalyst recognizes that we couldn’t do what we do without the support of our many collaborators and partners.

At the beginning of 2014, Catalyst formed a partnership with Butte County Children’s Services Division designed to support families in their system who are experiencing domestic violence and to educate CSD workers about the dynamics of abuse.

Catalyst also works closely with law enforcement allies to ensure that victims of intimate partner violence get connected with an advocate as soon as possible after a violent incident. Research suggests that 80% of battered women thought the combined responses of police, courts, crisis intervention programs and safe shelter was effective in ending the cycle of abuse (Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, 1995).

The Stonewall Alliance Center of Chico has been an important partner of Catalyst’s for many years, particularly in regards to community outreach and education. In the past, we have collaborated on Chico Pride Weekend, Trans* Awareness Week, Harvey Milk Day, and the Trans Day of Remembrance. To contact Stonewall or learn more about their organization and programs, visit www.stonewallchico.org.

Spotlight: Youth Empowered 2017

Last year, Catalyst hosted the 3rd annual Youth Empowered Conference, a FREE one-day event for Butte County youth. Over 150 youth attended the event, which focused on building youth capacity to be leaders in their personal, professional, and community lives. We held interactive workshops, gave away a ton of free prizes, and listened to an amazing keynote speaker. Best of all? We had fun!

Youth Empowered is now in its 4th year, and we’re making a few changes:

  • The conference will be for 8th grade students only in Butte County. We made the switch from 7th-12th grade to 8th grade for a few reasons:
    1. We want to ensure that each year we have a new set of students to reach.
    2. We are developing a solid bystander intervention curriculum that can be reused every year.
    3. We want to prepare students across the county with information on violence prevention, healthy relationships, and bystander intervention before they start high school.
    4. It’s easier to have age-appropriate material when all the students are about the same age.
  • Students must be selected and registered online ahead of time. We are reaching out to all of the schools in the county who have 8th grade students and encouraging them to nominate and chaperone up to five students. We are also opening up registration up for some youth serving agencies to nominate students as well. We have enabled group registration that will allow chaperones to register themselves and their students at the same time.
  • Due to high demand, we are limiting each school/agency to a maximum of 5 students and one chaperone. We decided to put a cap on the number of students coming from each school/agency to allow us to do more intentional outreach to schools located in underserved areas of Butte County – including Gridley, Biggs, Palermo, and Magalia. Our capacity for the conference is only 150 youth across the entire county, which fills up quickly. In the past, schools from these areas weren’t able to register students before registration was full. By allowing each school and agency we connect with to bring a limited number of students, we’re able to ensure that students from all over Butte County are able to attend Youth Empowered. This way, attendees are able to connect with students from all over the area. 
  • All students who are nominated must come with a chaperone. This will ensure that the students have a point of contact throughout the day to connect with. Ideally, the person who nominates them would attend the conference with them.
  • We are offering mileage reimbursement for chaperones traveling from outside of Chico. We want to make this conference as accessible as possible for all areas of the county. Chaperones will track their odometer from their school or agency to the venue (CSU, Chico.) We will then reimburse them for roundtrip mileage and mail the checks to them.

We are excited to continue promoting healthy relationships in our community through our youth development efforts! The 4th Annual Youth Empowered Conference will be held on Friday, April 7th. If your school or agency is interested in getting involved, contact Sarah at 530-343-7711.

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