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Mission & History

Our Mission Is in Those We Serve

Mission
Our mission is to empower women to attain safety, equality and justice, and build independent and self-sustaining lives for themselves and their children; and to pioneer collaborations with community partners to create an intolerance of gender-based violence, substance abuse and poverty.
In addition, WIT works to educate the public about the intricate relationship between domestic violence, substance abuse, child abuse, and the proliferation of community violence. WIT’s vision is to effect social change to reduce violence against women and children, addictions to alcohol & drugs, and the resulting poverty among women in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

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History
Women In Transition (WIT) is one of the oldest women’s service organizations operating in the United States. WIT has been providing service to the Philadelphia region since 1971, and continues to be recognized for its leadership and well-managed agency operations. Through its work with women in marital transition, WIT recognized the growing prevalence of violence in marital relationships as early as 1971. Understanding that the problems of battered women were complex and severe, WIT developed a comprehensive counseling service in 1975 to empower battered women to take control over their lives and eliminate their vulnerability to oppressive and abusive relationships. Concurrently, Women In Transition began to recognize substance abuse as a complicating factor in the lives of battered women. As a result, in 1985 Women In Transition began offering services for women with substance abuse problems.