Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How do I donate?

    You can donate safely and securely via PayPal by clicking here. You can make a monetary donation instantly.

    If you are interested in other ways to contribute to Catalyst go to our Donor page or call our Executive Director at 530.343.7711.

  • How do I volunteer?

    There are many ways to volunteer for Catalyst. If you are interested in becoming a Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention counselor in order to provide support to victims of domestic violence in one of Catalyst’s programs, please call our Volunteer Program Coordinator at 530.343.7798 or go to our Volunteer page.

    If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please contact the Executive Director at 530.343.7711. For inquiries about other ways to volunteer please contact 530.343.7711 to speak to any staff member.

  • Does Catalyst provide services to men?

    YES. Catalyst provides services to male victims of domestic violence. All services that Catalyst provides are available to male victims including counseling, legal advocacy and emergency shelter. Catalyst does not provide services to abusive partners.

  • Does Catalyst provide services to people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ)?

    YES. Catalyst values the diversity of the human experience and strives to be a welcoming place for people who identify as LGBTQ. Catalyst understands the many barriers to social justice that the LGBTQ community may experience and aims to provide advocacy to help overcome those barriers.

  • Does Catalyst provide couples counseling or counseling to abusive partners?

    NO. Catalyst only provides services to victims of domestic violence. Catalyst provides referrals for couples or family counseling. Due to the dynamics of power and control in abusive relationships, couples counseling can be problematic.

  • What if I’m not being physically hurt? Is that domestic violence?

    It might be. Domestic violence does not have to be physical violence. Violence and abuse can range from verbal abuse (put downs, belittling) to financial abuse (not allowing access to bank accounts) to physical and sexual violence. See our page on Domestic Violence Defined.

  • Can anyone be a victim of domestic violence?

    YES. However, the vast majority of domestic violence - 85% - is heterosexual, male violence against females. However, domestic violence touches everyone, regardless of sex, age, economic class, race or sexual orientation.

  • How do I support someone experiencing domestic violence?
    • Listen to their story and believe them.
    • Hold what you are told in confidence.
    • Encourage the person to think about safety. Help the person make concrete plans that deal with the most likely "what ifs."
    • Reach out to a domestic violence program.
  • Are women just as violent as men?

    Abusers typically present a different personality outside of their relationship than they do to their intimate partner, which complicates victims' ability to describe their experience and seek assistance.

    Domestic violence is still overwhelmingly a problem of male violence against women. Here are a few statistics that may clarify the issue. These are a compilation of stats from Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control.

    • Women compose 84% of spouse abuse victims and 86% of victims abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend
    • Nearly 75% of murder victims killed by an intimate partner are women

    While the number of male victims killed by an intimate partner fell an average of 4% per year from 1976-1998, the number of female victims fell only by an average of 1% per year.