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About Transition House

When Transition House opened its doors in Cambridge over 40 years ago, it was the first domestic violence shelter on the East Coast and the second in the entire country. Since then, our programs have continued to grow to meet the needs of our community. Today, Transition House offers a wide range of housing resources, support services and prevention tools. In the last few years alone we have built nationally groundbreaking partnerships that sustain family stability and emphasize a whole-community approach to violence prevention.

Mission & History

Our Mission

Transition House’s mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence in our community.

Our History

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.

Photographs: Maria Verrier www.mariaverrier.com & Lucas Mulder www.lucasmulderphoto.com Cover image: Cristy C. Road, 2004, www.croadcore.org
Website Design by: Lucas Mulder & Kunjal Shah

United Way
Transition House receives support from the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
This website was developed with a grant from The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.