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.
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.

Jul 21, 2014

Kayla Is Safe Because Of You!

Kayla called the crisis center from China. The night before she had endured hours of emotional and physical abuse from her boyfriend. She was afraid to tell her parents, who did not support them moving to China to teach English. She thought that moving to China would help their relationship. In the USA he was moody sometimes. When they first got to China, everything was great. But over the past year things got worse by the day. We were able to get Kayla out of the house and into a hotel while we helped her plan to come home. Kayla is home now and she did tell her parents, who have been supportive.

The first call to the crisis center is the critical first step to help victims get to safety while they consider their options. Thank you so much for believing in our mission! It is donations like yours that support our core program, often saving the lives of victims, or helping them begin a new life without violence.

Jul 21, 2014

15 Minutes On The Phone Changed Pam's Life!

Pam's husband came home, began screaming at her, pushed her against the wall several times, kicked her when she fell to the ground and raped her. This had happened several times over the past year. Every time her husband would  cry, say he was sorry, beg for her forgiveness and promise it wouldn't happen again. This time, after his apologies, she waited until he was asleeep, and snuck out of the house with her son and daughter. She called a friend of hers that lives outside of Rome. When Pam called us she was hiding at her friend's house. She was terrified and didn't know what to do. One of our advocates helped Pam understand her options and set into motion a plan to get them to safety. Pam has since left her husband and is living back in the USA, with her children.

Because of donations like yours, battered American mothers receive life saving minutes on the international toll free hotline, 866-USWOMEN.

We can't thank you enough for believing in our mission and in helping American victims abroad!

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