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.
May 9, 2014

Jordan And Cole Have A New Home Because Of You!

After we were able to get Rachel and her two sons, Jordan and Cole, back to the USA after years of abuse, they needed a safe place to stay. They went into a domestic violence shelter temporarily. This weekend they will move into a two bedroom apartment because donations to this project paid for Rachel's first month rent. A local nonprofit provided bunk beds for Jordan and Cole, a couch and some household items. Here is a note from Rachel:

"This is going to be the best Mother's Day present ever! The boys are so happy. It is our first apartment together where we won't have to be afraid. I can read them bedtime stories, and laugh and play and be normal.. I will never again have to hear my boys ask, "Mommy, why does daddy make bruises? I am crying as I am writing this, not because I am sad, but because I am so happy. I wouldn't have been able to do this without you. Thank you from all of us!"

We want to thank you for giving Rachel, Jordan and Cole a new home. We have so many battered mothers that need help. If you are able, please consider another donation to this project in honor of mother's day to help us rescue more battered mothers and children this summer.

We hope you have a Happy Mother's Day with the mothers in your life!

May 9, 2014

30 Minutes On The Phone Saved Becky's Life

Becky called our crisis line last month terrified, in fear of her life. Marie, one of our case managers, was able to conduct a lethality assessment with Becky, helping Becky realize she needed to get out of the house immediately with her daughter, Emma. Marie got them into a hotel room for the night.

That night, when her husband came home and found Becky and Emma gone, he went into a violent rage, destroying Becky's clothes and personal belongings. He left messages on her voice mail threatening to kill her and Emma if he found them. She turned over the messages to the police. Becky and Emma are in a safe place and we are working on getting them home to the USA.

"If I hadn't gotten out of the house, he would have killed me. I was paralized with fear. You don't know how much it meant to me to speak to Marie. I think she saved my life."

We want to thank you for your donation to this project. Every year hundreds of battered American mothers call our crisis center for help. This Mother's Day, if you are able, please consider another donation to this project to help keep our crisis line operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We wish you and the mothers in your life a very Happy Mother's Day.

May 9, 2014

Angie Is Safe Because Of You!

When Angie called us in February, she was afraid to speak to an advocate at the base. She wanted to speak to someone but, because of how bad the abuse from her husband was, she knew her report would not be kept restricted. Our case manager Ava understands how traumatic the abuse has been for Angie. After a couple of months, Angie decided it was time for her to leave with her son. She didn't want him to grow up thinking abuse was normal. Ava worked with a domestic violence advocate on the military base overseas and they were able to get Angie and her son to a safe place

Angie thanked us over and over again. We want to thank you on Angie's behalf, because we know that without donations like yours, we would not have been able to help Angie.

If you are able to, we hope you will consider making another donation to this project this Mother's Day to help other military moms in crisis overseas.

We wish you and the mothers in your life a happy Mother's Day!

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