Transition House’s mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence in our community.
Sparking social change in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 1976, Transition House is an innovative organization that develops prevention tools and provides holistic support and a range of housing options for individuals and families surviving domestic and intimate partner violence. We collaborate with survivors to address the systemic and widespread impact of domestic violence; educate youth and adults to break the cycle of violence in the next generation; and build deep partnerships to create a safer, healthier community.
In its first decades, Transition House created the first shelter on the East Coast, a 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 offerings creating a continuum of safe housing resources spanning from emergency shelter to medium-term and long-term housing with comprehensive holistic services centered on trauma support and skill building for lifelong resilience. In 2013, we formed the Community Support Partnership with our longstanding collaborators, the Cambridge Housing Authority and City of Cambridge. The Partnership provides a whole-community focus on domestic violence prevention to reach people of all ages and backgrounds.