Terrance, 45, escaped an abusive relationship in September of 2014 and has been living at Lotus House for what he calls "a fascinating, wonderful year." Gabriela, 33, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, is staying with her two daughters at Rose House after 13 years with a financially abusive husband who blocked her path to citizenship.(Her interview has been translated from Spanish.) Their stories weave together both devastation and hope.Bundy goes back to his roots, explaining the development of his compulsive behavior.He reveals his addiction to hard-core pornography and how it fueled the terrible crimes he committed.
He got his kicks from seeing women being tortured and murdered.It also provides meals, support groups, one-on-one counseling, and educational and recreational activities for those who come through its doors, over half of whom are children."We have an amazing liaison with the Department of Education," Rose House director Olga Rodriguez tells us.Marcy is so on point with her example about the man being nasty about his ex wife.I ignored this when my ex said the same things within 5 mins of meeting him.He would put a cast on his arm or leg, then walk across a university campus carrying several books.When he saw an interesting coed standing or walking alone, he’d “accidentally” drop the books near her."Finding an affordable place is usually top on the [list of] things that survivors are worried about...[and] they have to navigate figuring out new childcare opportunities, all while worrying about safety and [how] this person who was supposed to love them is the person trying to hurt them." Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is moving to address the need for more safe space, pledging million last month to fund shelter beds and transitional apartments specifically for New York City's abuse survivors.Throughout shelters in all five boroughs of New York City, Safe Horizon currently offers some 700 beds.'" The stories of Gabriela and Terrance, the survivors with whom we spoke, echo this theme of support.Click through to view 16 poignant photos taken inside Safe Horizon's shelters and read about Gabriela's and Terrance's experiences, in their own words.