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As it relates to the clients we serve:

We believe that: 

  • violence against women is unacceptable behavior and that no one deserves to be beaten. Violence is a learned behavior and children are better off with one parent than in a violent atmosphere with two parents 
  • a woman and her children are a viable family unit 
  • women can be strong and capable when given the opportunity to manage their own lives 
  • each woman has the right to decide for herself the direction of her life according to her own values and needs 
  • in order to make decisions, each woman requires a safe place where her values are accepted and respected and where she will not need to fear either physical or psychological abuse 
  • each woman should be supported in following through with the decisions that she makes. The confidentiality of the women who come to us is sacrosanct and should be protected. 
Back to top The Committee on Family Violence - is a community-based organization independent of any political body or other specific group or organization and is responsible to the public.

Our goals as a governing committee are to provide emergency refuge for women and children who need our support.

  • to provide a refuge and/or support system for women who have been emotionally and/or physically assaulted, threatened or harassed; including temporary accommodations, food and other necessities on an emergency basis 
  • to offer supportive counseling so that a woman may gain a perspective on her situation and consider alternatives and options 
  • to explore with each woman who comes to us, the alternatives available to her; to help her examine the advantages, disadvantages and practicality of each alternative and to encourage her to make realistic choices for herself and her children 
  • to provide assistance to women in their dealings with the court system, welfare and housing authorities 
  • to provide care and support for children who accompany the residents of the Transition House 
  • to attempt to maintain contact with women after their stay ends and they return to the community, to their homes or to a new situation 
  • to assess the need for and the possibility of providing support groups for battered women, including those still living in a violent relationship and those who are living alone with their children 
  • to provide information for community and professional groups, agencies and organizations on the problem of wife battering and the needs of battered women and their families. 
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Committee on Family Violence
Transition House

Questions/Comments about the site email to: Donna Leonard