LEWISBURG - Transitions, the crime victim services center for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other serious crimes has changed its official name to better inform the public of the services it provides. The organization, formerly was known as "Susquehanna Valley Women in Transition," was founded in 1975.

The organization decided to change its name to clearly communicate that its services are available for everyone, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity or disability. According to Heather Shnyder, director of education and community outreach for Transitions, "Our previous name suggested that we provide service strictly to women, when we provide services to all victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other serious crimes."

"We are an agency for all victims," said Susan Mathias, the CEO of Transitions. "There are many different types of abuse and we want everyone to know that our programs reach a large variety of audiences. For example, our programming includes healthy and safe relationship education for children and teens; economic empowerment programs for young adults; law enforcement education in the areas of human trafficking and lethality assessment; and collaborative relationships with other first responders, including Evangelical Hospital's Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE's). Our regional SANE Program was the first one in the state, 20 years ago."

Transitions is a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties. Services include a 24-hour hotline and emergency shelter, legal and medical advocacy, children's programs, community education and educational outreach to local schools. Crisis shelters are available in Union and Northumberland counties. Transitions' 24 hour-hotline is 800-850-7948.