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Survivor Story 8: Toxic Love

She hesitantly returned to him and the abuse stopped for a short while… but it began again. It grew significantly worse over the years due to issues that stemmed from jealousy, insecurity, and control. Nonetheless, she remained with him trying to fix their relationship because of love.

Survivor Story 8: Toxic Love2022-10-20T22:56:58+00:00

When Bonds Become Chains

Sometimes it’s fear of deportation or revenge against family; other times it’s the economic dependency, especially if the abuser provided the income. Often, it’s the sheer paralysis of finding a safe place to live, particularly in the Bay Area with its high cost of living. Ana Castillo, who works for the Next Door Solutions (NDS) advocacy housing program, recounts a recent case about a client we will name “Angela”.

When Bonds Become Chains2022-05-31T23:00:59+00:00

Survivor Story 8: My son altered the future

My toddler’s instinct to protect his mother enabled me to escape from the darkness. I asked myself: what am I doing? My abuser was removed from our shared home and I changed the locks. A police officer referred me to Next Door Solutions.

Survivor Story 8: My son altered the future2022-04-18T19:10:44+00:00

Survivor Story 6: Fear

Fear. It’s the ultimate four-letter word. Have you ever seen a movie where the bad guy captures the hero’s family and the protagonist says: “whatever you do, don’t hurt them”? That was me.

Survivor Story 6: Fear2021-10-27T18:13:13+00:00

Survivor Story 1: This is my story

The police report had the basics: my name, the department’s logo, and my statement, neatly typed. But there was more: it included Next Door Solutions’ information. I am eternally grateful it did.

Survivor Story 1: This is my story2022-04-18T20:41:04+00:00
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