In 1977, three groups of women from diverse backgrounds joined to form what is known today as, Interval House. These women represented the Asylum Hill Congregational Church, a support group for battered women, and a group of concerned women in the community who wanted to help battered women. Prior to the Battered Women’s Movement, this group recognized the need for services for victims of domestic violence and pledged to provide programs and support aimed at eliminating domestic violence.
Interval House opened its shelter door in April 1978. Since then, more than 200,000 victims of domestic violence have been helped. The 20-bed shelter, in a confidential location, provides residents an “interval” of safety where they can assess their situation and make choices for themselves and their children. On site, there are crisis counselors available to meet with the women upon arrival. Comprehensive domestic violence services are offered free of charge to all clients.
A satellite office, later known as Interval House East, opened in Manchester in February 1994 to better serve the 11 towns east of the Connecticut River. In April 1999, another satellite office, Interval House West, opened to serve towns in the Farmington Valley. By establishing offices at locations more convenient for clients, Interval House is better able to provide direct services.
From its offices in Hartford and Manchester, Interval House provides a 24-hour hotline, crisis counseling, emergency shelter, support groups, advocacy, criminal and civil court advocacy, information and referrals, community education, and a program for the children of clients.
"We support Interval House so women and children will not have to experience stress, fear and violence. The transition support they offer is priceless - and they are truly changing the future."
-- Bob and Gloria Gery, Founding Members of Interval House's Giving Society and Legacy Donors
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Standing with abused women and children in their struggle for safety and justice, Interval House provides a safe place to live as well as concrete information and education to understand and deal with their individual situations.
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