Monthly Archives: June 2018

Proudly standing with the LGBTQ community in celebration of Pride Month

Next Door Solutions proudly stands with the LGBTQ community in celebration of Pride Month.

Pride has always been about love and inclusion regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation. Sadly, as love knows no boundaries neither does domestic violence.

While many may assume that straight women are the only victims of domestic violence, the truth is that abuse can occur in LGBTQ relationships as well. In fact, research has shown that abuse is at least as likely in same-sex relationships as in heterosexual relationships.

There is a greater stigma around domestic abuse in these cases that may make victims reluctant to come forward and seek help. Additionally, The Center for American Progress states that LGBTQ victims don’t get the help they need “due to the lack of legal recognition of same-sex relationships, law enforcement’s failure to identify and properly handle domestic violence cases involving people of the same sex, and the shortage of resources available to victims of same-sex partner domestic abuse.”

Next Door Solutions is committed to overcoming harmful stereotypes and encouraging victims of abuse to get the resources and safety they need, regardless of their gender and sexual orientation.

Members of our LGBTQ community who have suffered from domestic violence are valued and welcome at Next Door Solutions. We look forward to continuing our partnerships and collaboration to improve and increase programs and services for the LGBTQ community.


Huddled masses yearning to breathe free…

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence denounces the Administration’s unusually cruel and inhumane decision to separate families and detain children at the border. Many of those detained came seeking asylum from life-threatening situations and crime-riddled regions only to suffer the horror of having their families ripped apart at the hands of the United States. Asylum seekers are among our most vulnerable, the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free”. That the administration intentionally inflicted severe trauma on these families – even on toddlers and infants – for political gain or as a deterrent to other migrants is flagrantly un-American and anathema to what Next Door Solutions stands for.

The Administration did ultimately yield to domestic and international pressure by signing an executive order to halt his own policy of separating families. However, in the immediate aftermath it was unclear how the federal government planned to reunite the over 2,300 children in custody with their parents. Many families remain separated today. It is unclear how, and if, they will ever be reunified.

“Our organization comes to the aid of women from all walks of life, including and especially from our immigrant community”, says  Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Executive Director of Next Door Solutions. “Many immigrants and refugees are escaping domestic violence, abuse, and threats on their lives. As a local organization, Next Door Solutions will continue to aid, embrace, and empower all victims of domestic violence who come through our door no matter where they came from”.

Next Door Solutions is calling on lawmakers to use the full extent of their powers to immediately reunite families, limit detention periods, and work towards humane policies that do not harm men, women, and especially children.

Light Up the Night 2018

Buy your tickets for Light Up the Night here

In conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, “Light Up the Night” will be an evening reception of celebration and remembrance.

Guests will enjoy live jazz music, heavy hors-d’oeuvres, wine provided by Loma Prieta Winery and Saratoga Springs. The evening program will be emceed by NBC Bay Area’s Damian Trujillo. 

For 47 years, Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence has been the largest and only stand-alone domestic violence agency in Santa Clara County. We will share stories of survivors who have overcome crisis and violence and gained stability and self-sufficiency and hold a candle-lighting ceremony and moment of silence in remembrance of those who have lost their lives to domestic violence during the previous year. 

                                                                                                             Patron Sponsors:

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati    

El Camino Hospital  


Champion Sponsor:

Councilmember Don Rocha

Guardian Sponsors:

The Alessandra Foundation, Comcast, Retirement Capital Strategies
San Jose City Councilmember Chappie Jones, San Jose City Councilmember Devora “Dev” Davis
Daughters of Penelope,  Sharon Meyers


Clinical Supervision Now, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo
San Jose City Councilmember Raul Peralez, Hoover Krepelka

                                                                                                           Media Sponsor:   

NBC Bay Area      

                                                                                                        Wine sponsors:

Loma Prieta Winery   

Saratoga Springs 


Wine provided by Loma Prieta Winery, Saratoga Springs,
and Joseph George Wines
Photobooth provided Queen Bee Photo Booth
Photography provided by Benny Villarreal Photography

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