This Be the Change event is a timely discussion about the struggle to end domestic violence as seen through the evolution of Transition House, Cambridge’s domestic violence agency. Transition House was founded in 1976 by local feminist activists who were survivors of abuse themselves. It was the second domestic violence shelter in the US, and, from the start, it was more than a safe shelter. It was a movement organization, a collective resisting a social service identity, a peer-help organization and part of a national movement. Today it is a multifaceted, multicultural nonprofit social service organization with far reaching involvement in the Cambridge community. Over four decades Transition House has both contributed and adapted to changes in the culture and in our understandings of domestic violence.
Ann Fleck-Henderson is a retired social work professor. As Transition House approached its 40th birthday she agreed to write a brief history of the agency. The result is Transition House 1976-2017: The Movement and The Mainstream, based on more than 60 interviews and piles of primary source documents. Ann will present highlights from the book and some of the issues it raises, such as the tension between social change and social service missions and how domestic violence is still a feminist issue. Current Transition House staff will discuss how the organization works with the Cambridge community today, and what each of us can do to join its efforts against violence.
20% of sales from 3-5PM will be donated to Transition House.