People often ask “Why do they stay with the abuser?”

The reasons someone stays in an abusive relationship are always complex, but there are commonalities. Many domestic violence victims have been out of the workforce or disallowed from working or engaging in educational and career opportunities by their abuser. That creates the dominant environment where victims become dependent on their abusers. The Self-Sufficiency program is committed to helping victims of domestic violence empower themselves so they may become self-resilient. Our advocates provide guidance about employment, financial foundation and fundamentals, budgeting, personal organization, and life enrichment.  Advocates can also provide crisis counseling, mentoring, advocacy, and accompanying services.

Self Sufficiency Support Groups and Workshops

Throughout the year, Next Door Solutions offers workshops that address options for furthering survivors’ education, financial education, and career development. Our community network extends our capabilities, with partner organizations adding their specific expertise to our workshop curriculum.  We also offer a computer lab for survivors so they have access to additional online resources. Individualized case management around client-defined goals is available, and survivors are also supported through a weekly “self-sufficiency group” which meets Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at our community office. There, we discuss self-care and personal development.

Support Groups and Kids Clubs

NDS Support Groups build resilience and self-esteem while helping to minimize the damaging long-term effects that prevent domestic violence survivors from living healthy, productive lives.  

We offer support groups for women and men, in English, Spanish, and translation services, Daytime and Evening! Our Community Office and locations throughout Santa Clara County offer varied groups for the right fit for you. Drop-ins are welcome. First-time attendees, please arrive early to complete some paperwork.  Benefits include:  

  • Reduce domestic violence survivors likelihood of participating in an abusive relationship in the future
  • Reduce the risk of children perpetuating the cycle of domestic violence
  • Develop self-esteem and emotional resiliency
  • Cultivate parenting, coping, and communication skills

Quilting Support Group

Supported by the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles and Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association, you need no sewing or quilting experience to join.  Materials are provided free!  Open to clients of Next Door Solutions (and their children 12 yrs and older accompanied by the parent). 

Self-Sufficiency Support Groups

Group sessions focus on tools to strengthen self-resilience, self-care, self-esteem, and personal growth. The group encourages and supports survivors to achieve goals, problem solve and be independent in their own lives.  Topics covered in Self-Sufficiency Groups include:

    • Domestic Violence 101
    • Healthcare/Health Insurance
    • Employment/Job Search/Resume Writing
    • Income/Budgeting
    • Housing
    • Education
    • Food and Nutrition

Kids Club

Thoughtful, engaging, and fun activities for children of survivors residing at the two HomeSafe sites or while attending Support Groups at the Community Office.  We offer engaging individual and group activities in a safe, inviting, and consistent environment that promotes positive play. Activities and subjects vary by site and can include art, reading and storytelling, homework help, health and nutrition, creative play, and fun – so that a kid can just be a kid. 

View calendar for Kids Clubs that run concurrently with Adult Support Groups. 

  • Next Door Solutions Community Office
    234 E. Gish Road, Suite 200
    San Jose, CA 95112

  • Family Resource Center (FRC)
    San Miguel Elementary School
    777 San Miguel Ave., Rooms K3, K5, K6
    Sunnyvale, CA 95085

  • Los Gatos – please call (408) 501-7546 for information
    Jewish Family Services-Silicon Valley
    14855 Oka Rd # 202
    Los Gatos, CA 95032

  • Somos Mayfair (FRC)
    Cesar Chavez Elementary
    2000 Kammerer Ave., Room 20
    San Jose, CA 95116

  • Amigos de Guadalupe
    1897 Alum Rock Ave #35
    San Jose, CA 95116

  • PAMF: Palo Alto Medical Foundation
    701 E. El Camino Real, Room 2SE
    Mountain View, CA 94040

View Support Group Calendar