Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

We work with abused American women and children in foreign countries to provide domestic violence, child abuse advocacy and sexual assault advocacy, resources and tools so that they can navigate the complicated jurisdictional, legal & social international landscapes, to be able to live free of abuse either in the foreign country or back in the United States via an international toll free crisis line, 866-USWOMEN, accessible from 175 countries, serving a population estimated at 7 million American civilians living overseas, 1.1 million military personnel and their dependents and the 68 million Americans that travel overseas every year.
Oct 8, 2014

You Helped Jason!

Jason and his mom and dad were living in Germany. Jason's father is in the military. Several times a week Jason's father would come home and scream at his mom. He told her she was ugly, that nobody would want her and she was lucky to have him even be willing to be married to her. He criticized everything she did. His father didn't hit his mother, but he would hit the wall next to her, slam doors and throw things. During the day, his mother cryed a lot and Jason didn't know what to do.

Jason found us on the internet. We were able to talk to Jason about what he was witnessing, how it made him feel, and reassured him it was not his fault. Jason was able to convince his mother to talk to us. We provided free counseling for Jason and his mother. After several months, his mother made the decision to leave and return to the USA with Jason.

Jason misses his father and hopes he will get help one day. Because of your donations, Jason doesn't have to listen to his father yell or insult his mom anymore.

Witnessing domestic violence, including emotional and psychological abuse, is devastating to the development of a child. If children are not removed from the abusive home, they can become abuser's themselves, or become victims later on in life.

Thank you for helping Jason and for your belief in our mission! The AODVC Team.

Oct 8, 2014

You helped Camela and her daughter Ria come home!

Ria first emailed our crisis email in August. She and her mother Camela were being abused in Mexico by Camela's boyfriend. When Camela met her boyfriend in the USA he was so nice. He promised a better life for Camela and her daughter in Mexico. At first everything seemed fine, but within months, her boyfriend became violent and controlling. Ria reported he and his brothers began touching her inappropriately, making rude comments. Camela was ready to do whatever it took to protect Ria. But they were isolated, he had taken and hidden their American passports, and they had no money.

Our case manager Alice began safety planning with Ria and Camela, and devised an escape plan. Her abusive boyfriend and his brothers always drank to the point of passing out on Saturday nights. We knew this would be a window of opportunity to help Camela and Ria escape. Two weeks after we first began helping them, we arranged a taxi to pick up Camela and Ria in the middle of the night and drive them to a city 100 miles away. We arranged a hotel for them while we payed to get their American passports replaced. When the passports were ready, we purchased bus tickets for them to return to the USA where we had arranged shelter for them. They are now in one year a transitional housing program and are doing very well.

Because of donations like yours, Camela and Ria can rebuild their lives without violence in the USA. You almost certainly saved Ria from sexual abuse, and also Camela from having to take drastic measures to protect her daughter.

Thank you for caring! The AODVC Team

Oct 8, 2014

Christine and her three daughters are home because of you

Since the Ray Rice elevator video was released, conversations, media reports and victims voices about domestic violence have resounced globally. Every day, because of your support, long before the current focus on domestic violence, we have been able to help battered American mothers and their children come home. We sincerely appreciation your donations which helped us help Christine.

Christine and here three daughters were being abused by Christine's husband in Egypt.They went to Egypt in the summer of 2012 for what Christine thought was a vacation. Once they arrived in Egypt, her husband took their passports and locked them in his parent's home. He flew back to the US, put all of their belongings in storage, and rented out their house. Christine and the girls were literally held prisoners, abused and isolated. Her daughters went to school but only with a driver, who then stayed at the school making sure the girls did not leave.

Christine's mother contacted us in July in desperation. Christine managed to call her mother collect from the housemaid's cell phone.Through a contact in Egypt, we were able to sneak a pre-paid cell phone into one of her daughter's backpacks at school so Christine could communicate with us. After months of planning, we were able to get Christine and her three daughters home safely to the US. They are living in a domestic violence shelter and we are helping them with longer term housing. They have a lot of healing to do, but they are free of abuse because of donations like yours.

Christine and her daughters are just one family. and we help hundreds every year. Thank you for caring and supporting ourmission. The AODVC team.

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