All too often people ask why women stay with or return to domestic violence relationships. The reasons women stay or return are very complex. Many may not have not been permitted to work or take advantage of educational opportunities, thus creating a dominant environment where women 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.  This program provides guidance and direction in job readiness, financial foundation and fundamentals, budgeting, personal organization, and life enrichment for survivors of domestic violence.

Throughout the year, workshops in education options, financial tools, and career development are offered. Community partners enrich these programs by providing their expertise for the curriculum. Individualized case management around client-defined goals is available. We have a weekly self-sufficiency group on Wednesdays from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Topics are related to self-care and personal development.

Next Door Solutions offers a computer lab for domestic violence survivors and individualized computer literacy instruction is available.

Stanford University has partnered with Next Door Solutions to study the health effects of domestic violence and health programming for survivors. Results of this study will be published here soon!

For more information, Contact Erica Villa, at 408-501-7567, or by email at

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