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.
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
Legal Services and Law Enforcement Partnership
Legal advocates for Catalyst have the honor to help and assist people in getting protection through Domestic Violence Restraining Orders. Domestic Violence Restraining Orders can be a helpful tool in assisting victims and law enforcement officials in protecting a persons’ safety.
The basic steps to get a restraining order in Butte County are:
- fill out the domestic violence restraining order and request forms (about 12 pages)
- go to the Chico courthouse to turn it into the court clerk
- pick up paper work in Chico a couple days later after the judge has approved it
- ‘serve’ the abusive partner the paperwork through a 3rd party or the Sheriff’s office
- go to court on the assigned court date where your abusive partner will be as well
After the first court date one may have several court dates afterward if the judge deems it necessary in order to meet the ‘burden of proof’ that an order of protection is needed.
This takes a lot of work.
You have to be brave to tell your story of abuse on a legal document that will be served to your abuser. You have to be brave to sit next to that individual in court who has threatened to hurt you if you tell anyone. As legal advocates, we are proud to work with the people seeking a restraining order against their abusive partner. Catalyst participants show us every day what bravery looks like.
In addition to legal advocacy, Catalyst 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 people experiencing abuse 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).
Due to the nature of abusive relationships, the abusive partner often tries to “win” the survivor back immediately after the abusive incident. This can be a critical time for law enforcement and advocates to intervene and offer the survivors supportive services in order to break the cycle of violence. Catalyst Advocates can respond quickly to law enforcement in order to support someone who has experienced domestic violence. When survivors are supported by advocates they are often more comfortable cooperating with law enforcement in follow up interviews and in the ongoing court process.
Catalyst values its partnership with law enforcement agencies and their commitment to breaking the cycle of intimate partner violence in our communities.