There were problems at home: domestic violence, emotional abuse between the mother and father. By the time the mother reached out to Mujeres Latinas en Accion, the issues had intensified, not only for her but for her 12-year-old daughter.
At Mujeres, a nonprofit that serves Latina women in the Pilsen neighborhood, it's not unusual for abused mothers seeking support to try to find solace for their children.
"A lot of times, they don't come in just thinking about themselves," said Estela Melgoza, the domestic violence program director for the organization. "They're thinking, 'How can I keep myself and my whole family safe?'"
The 12-year-old had become isolated. She kept to herself and spent a lot of time in her room, the mother recalled in an interview. She didn't want to talk with anyone. She was sad. READ MORE