Catalyst knows relationships! For the past few years, Catalyst has increased our focus on healthy relationships: how to build and sustain them over time.
While we will continue to provide the lifesaving services for victims of intimate partner violence and their children, Catalyst is focusing on building the capacity of our community to foster and maintain healthy relationships.
Agency programs and curriculums are being revised to intentionally include an overt healthy relationships component. An example of this work includes a healthy relationships group piloted last fall. One participant of the group said, “I am a better person today than I was just 6 weeks ago thanks to the discussions and empathy of this group. I was allowed to be me and I can’t believe what a positive experience that was.”
Love is respect. Love is communication. Love is feeling safe. What is your definition of love? This year, Catalyst is increasing our focus on healthy relationships –how to build and sustain them over time.
The concepts are quite simple: in healthy relationships,
- Partners have an open line of communication and talk freely about their problems.
- They are respectful of what each other has to say and value each other for who they are.
- They are honest and can develop and maintain trust.
- Both partners have a say in how things go in the relationship and make decisions together.
- Healthy couples spend time together, but also enjoy spending time apart.
- Most importantly, there is no power, control or fear in the relationship.
Our mission is to reduce the incidence of intimate partner violence through crisis intervention services, community education and the promotion of healthy relationships.
Please consider joining our SAFE HAVEN: a giving collective to help further our work around this very important affirmation. By making a monthly financial pledge, you help to ensure this work continues to thrive.
Let’s promote healthy relationships together. Our community will never be the same!