A Critical New Pathway Towards Change in Abusive Relationships: The Theory of Transition Framework

Yael Shy, Linda G. Mills

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This article explores the use of "Transition Framework" as a conceptual framework for individual and social change. William Bridges introduced Transition Framework in the 1970s as a three-pronged model explaining how people respond to change in their lives. This article argues that such an approach has the potential to help clients recognize and grieve the loss of their old identities, become comfortable with new ways of communicating, understand their cycles of relapse and make positive changes. The relevance of this model to transformative change in domestic violence treatment is explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)418-425
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010



  • Batterers
  • Change theory
  • Domestic violence
  • Intervention
  • Offender treatment
  • Transition framework

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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