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 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.

Jul 21, 2014

You Helped Laura During The Worst Time Of Her Life

Laura was so excited to study abroad. She had heard that young American women that study abroad are often victims of sexual assault so she was cautious. She didn't go out at night alone and she dressed convervatively like the local women. Laura made a lot of friends, both young women and young men in the program. One young man she had befriended asked if he could come over to do some homework together. She considered him a friend and he made sexual advances towards her. She told him no. When she physically resisted he sexually assaulted her. He told her if she told anyone he would kill her.

Terrified she didn't tell anyone until the nightmares got to be too much. She called our crisis center and spoke to Lucy. We have been able to support Laura with safety planning, counseling and helped her get transferred to a different study abroad program. After she was safe in another country, she reported the sexual assault.

Without donations like yours we would not be able to offer the services we do to American victims of sexual assault overseas.

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