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Catalyst Values

Understanding the Diversity of the Human Experience

We recognize, respect and understand each individual’s unique path in life with compassion and an open mind. We often reach beyond what we know, as we think outside the box to better help and empathize with another human’s personal experience. As we continue to grow and learn from each new story, we increase our capacity to help the next person who comes through the door.

Creating and promoting safe, non-violent environments

We prioritize safety by creating emotionally and physically safe spaces within our organization through confidential, compassionate, welcoming, and trauma-informed services. We promote this approach through education, advocacy, role-modeling, and holding our community accountable in creating violence-free environments.

Engaging in and Promoting Healthy Relationships

We approach our work with the respect, safety, and honesty that everyone deserves in a relationship. We promote and model healthy relationships by practicing healthy boundaries and communication. Interactions with each other and participants are rooted in equality. We celebrate valuing ourselves as an essential component to valuing others.

Personal Responsibility

We make choices about our thoughts, actions and reactions by embracing our vulnerability and accepting feedback. We are respectful, thoughtful and honest in how we respond to the circumstances in our world.

An Environment that Promotes Learning & Growth

We promote learning and growth by creating safe spaces for participants and staff to welcome curiosity, build confidence, and learn from mistakes. This lifelong process benefits from openness to new ideas and experiences. By holding ourselves accountable, we are able to accept feedback and build personal awareness around authentic development.

Caring for Ourselves and Others

We recognize that we need to take care of ourselves in order to care for others effectively. Caring for ourselves and others means that we will use compassion and demonstrate mutual respect in our communication and interactions. We encourage the use of healthy boundaries and asking for help.

Consistent and Effective Service Delivery

Recognizing the unique history of every participant and member of our organization, we approach each situation with empathy and awareness of trauma, biases, and personal boundaries. We strive to be consistently mindful of the need to adapt our approaches to best respect these individual needs. We communicate clearly and honestly to explain our services and find the appropriate course of action for each situation.

Collaboration and Teamwork

We come to this work with a shared purpose, which is strengthened through the value of each individual perspective. Together we grow as a team through the collective responsibility of working with participants, each other, and the public. We create and maintain alliances and partnerships in order to build safer communities.

Violence Prevention

We identify the importance of preventing the occurrence of violence. We achieve this by speaking up, speaking out, and having the courage to hold ourselves and others accountable. We know that violence needs to be addressed on multiple levels and are committed to unifying and empowering our community to make change.

Healthy Communication

We strive to use thoughtful, honest communication in all our interactions with others. This means listening rather than hearing, being aware of the impact of our words, and actively participating to ensure clarity in conversations. We communicate intentionally while being mindful of any potential bias or assumptions.

History, Voice, and Expertise

We value the inextricable link between work done before us, the work we do, and work that will be done. By honoring our collective wisdom, we take responsibility for using our voice when appropriate and empowering others to speak to their own experience. As mentors to community members and to each other, we shine a light on the voices of victims and survivors.


We are invested in supporting positive change and helping individuals find their own truth through an active and engaged process that promotes growth and creates positive outcomes. We are committed to celebrating the transformations that people experience as a result of becoming empowered.

Commitment to Social Change

We know intimate partner violence intersects with systems and impacts people in different ways; we adapt and change to meet the unique needs of victims, survivors, and underserved communities. This requires progressive attitudes, education of ourselves and others, and a commitment to maximizing the visibility and voice of victims and survivors of abuse. Creating social change is challenging, and we are dedicated to supporting each other in this work.


As an organization we are trusted in the community and viewed as an expert in the field. As representatives of Catalyst, we present ourselves with integrity and credibility, to participants, our colleagues and the community.


We foster mutual trust within our community by remaining optimistic and continuously focusing on, nurturing, and strengthening our community partnerships. We celebrate growth out of adversity and humbly honor efforts to improve the human experience by reducing intimate partner violence.

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