Catalyst and Butte County Children’s Services Division (CSD) collaborate to address domestic violence in child welfare cases. Catalyst Advocates provide support to increase safety of adult victims and their children and to encourage strategies that hold abusive parents accountable. Catalyst’s Education & Outreach staff educate CSD Social Workers about the dynamics of intimate partner violence and best practices for promoting families’ safety. Counselors at Catalyst provide educational classes designed specifically for non-offending parents referred by CSD.
Butte County CSD intervention strategies are intended to meet a family’s current needs through an Alternative Response and assessment approach. When Catalyst Advocates and CSD Social Workers form a relationship with the family, we empower non-offending parents to build on their existing strengths and develop new skills for maintaining a safe environment. Alternative Response in Butte County includes a partnership with Catalyst as well as a partnership with Counseling Solutions through their Children’s Assistance Program (CAP).
Catalyst works closely with law enforcement partners to ensure that victims connect with an advocate as soon as possible after a domestic violence incident. Advocates provide follow up services including assistance making a police report, filing a restraining order, and getting connected to other supportive services. In collaboration with Education & Outreach, advocates provide training for local law enforcement agencies.