When Transition House opened its doors in Cambridge 40 years ago, it was the second domestic violence shelter to open in the entire country. Since then our programs have continued to grow, evolve and change to meet the needs of our community. Today, Transition House is a leader in the field, offering a wide range of housing resources and community support services. In the last few years alone we have built nationally groundbreaking partnerships that sustain family stability. Our whole-community approach unites resources that touch the lives of the majority of families in our city — the public schools, the Cambridge Housing Authority, and early education and out of school time programs that families depend on.
Transition House was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1976. At the time, it was only the second domestic violence (DV) shelter program in existence in the US. Always a historic leader in the field, in its 40 year history Transition House has innovated effective holistic services and supportive housing models for survivors of domestic violence. Transition House developed the first legal services program for battered women, a foster grandparent program, and pioneered school-based teen dating violence intervention curricula and programs. In 2003 and 2004, we dramatically expanded our housing services creating a continuum of safe emergency shelter, medium-term and long-term housing to facilitate recovery from trauma along with holistic support services for adults, youth and children centered on violence prevention and skill building for life long independence. In 2013, we launched the Pathways to Permanent Housing partnership with the Cambridge Housing Authority. In 2015 that partnership broadened into the Community Support Partnership to provide intensive domestic violence prevention and intervention resources throughout our diverse community.
Transition House works to prevent and end domestic violence in our community through education, outreach and intervention. We reject the notion that domestic violence is inevitable. Instead, we strive to provide violence prevention education to children and adults, to educate the community about the realities of domestic and dating violence, and to offer viable and effective intervention strategies.