Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 28, Issue 6, pp 535–545

Are Transition Houses Equipped to Meet the Needs of Women in Midlife and Older?


DOI: 10.1007/s10896-013-9525-x

Cite this article as:
LeBlanc, K.D. & Weeks, L.E. J Fam Viol (2013) 28: 535. doi:10.1007/s10896-013-9525-x


This study addresses the extent to which transition houses, defined as residential facilities for abused women and children, meet the needs of women in midlife and older. Seventeen transition house directors completed an on-line survey and eight participated in an interview. Women in midlife and older comprised 28 % of the transition house population. Thematic analysis resulted in the identification of three key themes: life at home and in the community, living in the transition house, and starting a new life. While policies, accessibility, privacy, support and outreach could be improved, the transition houses offered safety and security for women across the lifespan. Recommendations for research, policy and practice are included to ensure that transition houses offer a welcoming, suitable, and supportive environment for women in midlife and older.


Older womenIntimate partner violenceTransition houses

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Beausejour Family Crisis Resource CentreShediacCanada
  2. 2.Department of Applied Human SciencesUniversity of Prince Edward IslandCharlottetownCanada