Start A Safe House for Abused Americans Overseas

$850 $9,150
Raised Remaining


Battered, abused and scared American women flee with their children into the streets of a foreign country with no place to go. They don't speak the foreign language, they don't have money and they have no support network. This project will be our pilot program to establish a safe house in a European country with an English speaking, American domestic violence advocate, plus operating expenses for four months. Victims will be safe while they work with our case managers for a long term plan.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Escaping a foreign country as an abused American can be terrifying. Often the victim needs a safe place to go while planning the escape and must get out of the home to do that. If there are children it is even more difficult. Most of the time shelters in foreign countries do not have space and the domestic violence advocates do not speak English. Many victims are forced to stay with the abuser in the home much longer than they want to, exposing them to further violence.

How will this project solve this problem?

By having a safe house with an English speaking advocate, American victims will have a safe place to flee to, plan and execute their safe return to the USA while working with both the advocate on the ground and with the crisis center in the USA. The safe house will be a safe, temporary space for families to transition through on their way to safety. This will be a pilot project, the first of it's kind, to address the critical safety needs of Americans fleeing back home for safety.

Potential Long Term Impact

The project serves 500 women per year empowering them to find alternatives to a life of violence so their children grow up in violence free homes with their self-esteem in tact with the hope of stopping the cycle of violence in future generations. This safe house will facilitate their safety while they escape this violence and reduce the amount of time they are forced to stay in the violent home.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.



Microproject Disclaimer

Every microproject is intended to use the donations it receives in accordance with its stated description; however, it is important to provide project leaders with the flexibility to maximize the potential benefit from the donations they receive. This means that your donation may be used as a part of the main project that supports this microproject, specifically Help Rescue 500 Battered Women And Their Children. In this event, the project leader is required to post an update to the microproject detailing the results and reasons behind this change.

If you or any other donor is unhappy with the way their funds have been used, he or she can reallocate their donation using the GlobalGiving guarantee.

donate now:

Retired Project

This project is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?
Support another project run by Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center that needs your help, such as:

A microproject connected to this project:

Help Rescue 500 Battered Women And Their Children
This project enables our international toll free domestic violence crisis line, 866-USWOMEN, to operate 24/7 with accessibility from 175 countries to serve abused American women & children globally. project reportread updates from the field

Project Leader

Paula Lucas

Portland, OR United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Start A Safe House for Abused Americans Overseas