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.Learn More
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.
We have many volunteer opportunities for community members who are interested in donating their time to work in Catalyst’s programs.Learn More
Accessibility to Services
Catalyst staff and volunteers recognize that asking for help and finding support can be very challenging, and that intimate partner violence (IPV) can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, immigration status, or socioeconomic status. Survivors of IPV face a variety of barriers when it comes to accessing services and resources designed to help them find safety. Members of marginalized communities often encounter complex barriers to accessing services more frequently than others. As an agency, we value the diverse backgrounds of Catalyst participants, and we are committed to providing service delivery that acknowledges each participant’s unique needs and experiences.
Building our capacity for cultural humility is one of Catalyst’s priorities for 2014. Cultural humility is a lifelong learning process that involves critical self-reflection of our own assumptions and beliefs. As service providers it is our responsibility to acknowledge and reduce the impact of our power and privileges when supporting others. Instead of pressuring individuals to conform to dominant cultural values and worldviews, especially in regards to safety, we trust that they understand their own lives and experiences better than we ever could. Part of this process is to listen carefully and validate the challenges our participants have faced. We help them not by showing them solutions but by empowering each individual to identify and embrace their own strengths as part of the process of identifying and meeting their own goals.
Having services available in one’s primary language is vital to a person’s success. At Catalyst Domestic Violence Services, we value the diversity of the human experience, and know that this includes a person’s language. We have made efforts to increase our counseling to monolingual Spanish speakers by providing counseling services in Spanish. Keeping up to date with translating documents is important in order to provide consistent and effective services to our participants. Our number of bilingual staff that knows English and Spanish has also increased during these last few years. All these efforts are made in order to increase our accessibility in services and decrease barriers to the Spanish-speaking population.
As we increase Catalyst’s cultural capacity, we hope to be a stronger and more accessible voice for all members of the community who need our support. We continually seek education about unique needs and individual challenges of underserved individuals that must be addressed in order to help them feel safe. We actively engage in dialogue with community leaders to learn about their perceptions of our services and to identify ways we can better serve those who still don’t identify Catalyst as a safe resource. We are identifying gaps in our services and places where people may fall through the cracks. Most importantly, we are taking steps to remedy these potential issues and reduce barriers as they are revealed.