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.
Jan 20, 2015

Ten emergency backpacks are ready to help victims escape!

Our volunteers in Italy, France, Greece and Spain have already put together emergency backpacks for American battered mothers with children escaping violence. These volunteers are on stand-by to get a backpack to a victim in need. It may seem like a simple thing, but having a few basic necessities, some cash and a phone can make all of the difference in the world for a battered mother on the run with children. You have made that possible.

As a survivor of abuse in a foreign country, I remember a terrible night when I had to flee the house for safety. I had no money, no phone, nothing. There was no one I could call. No one to help me. I was forced to go back home and endure more abuse. I am happy that today, victims can call the international hotline and we can get them backpacks, a safe place to stay and begin to help them live their lives without violence.

Myself and the AODVC Team truly appreciate your support! Best wishes,Paula

Jan 20, 2015

Rocky and Angelina are home because of you!

Oh my goodness! Angelina called us and said she has never seen Rocky so happy! He was a happy puppy when she first adopted him but then he became timid and shy because of the abuse. It was difficult getting them out of Albania. Angelina's husband finally let her take Rocky to the vet for a checkup but he went with them. With Angelina's permission, we were able to let the vet know what was going on. He issued the health certificate for Rocky and sent it straight to the airlines along with a crate so when Angelina fled the house with Rocky everything was ready.

We are so thankful to you for helping Rocky come home with Angelina! Pets are so important for victims. We appreciate you for understanding. Best wishes, the AODVC Team.

Jan 20, 2015

Three families celebrated because you cared!

Because of your donations, three battered mothers and their children celebrated the holidays in three different towns in the USA! This project funded just one week before Christmas so we had to scramble, but it was worth it!

Each family received groceries including a small turkey, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and an apple pie. Plus a small Christmas tree with lights and three gifts for each child and a gift for mom. Volunteers in each town took the goodies to the families.

Here is what one of our volunteers told us: "I wished you could have been there. Everyone was crying. But tears of joy, not of pain. I just can't tell you how happy they were. I want to do this again next year!"

One of the moms said this in an email: "I was stunned when I answered the door. I know you said a volunteer was coming to help me with some paperwork, but oh my gosh, what an amazing surprise. The kids were with my sister. When they came home they were jumping up and down and shouting. I can' remember the last time they were this happy."

Thank you for making the holidays for three families very special! The AODVC Team

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