Lily is an Asian American married to another Asian American man. They moved to China when her husband got a good job working for a high tech company for a two year contract. During the first year in China Lily slowy saw her husband change. At first he would criticize her makeup, the clothes she wore and her cooking. When Lily became pregnant things got better for a while. But in her 5th month of pregnancy, he became enraged and he pushed her down. He told her he was sorry, bought her flowers and things got better again. when she told her husband she wanted to go back home to the USA to have the baby he became enraged and pushed her again.
Lily was fearful another push may hurt her baby. She called us and we were able to conduct a safety plan and get Lily back home to the USA before the baby was born.
Lily gave birth to her baby in the USA. She is divorcing her husband and filing for custody.
Without that first phone call, Lily may not have had the help she needed to get home safely.
Thank you for making those minutes on our crisis line possible! The AODVC team.
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.
Tammy called us from a payphone in the middle of the night, barefoot, in the cold and rain. In a rage, her husband came after her with a knife. She bolted out the door and ran for her life. She had seen our website and had memorized the number, but had been too afraid to call. One of our advocates, Zeena, was able to get Tammy into a hotel for the night where she would be warm and safe. We got Tammy into a shelter in the foreign country until we will be able to get her back home.
The crisis line is a vital link to safety for victims. Donations like yours help save lives every day.
Here is a quote from Tammy: "If I hadn't have called you, I would not have known what to do. I don't speak the language here. I was so alone. I didn't think anyone cared. Knowing someone believed me made me feel so much better."
Thank you so much for your donation and for your belief in our mission.
By donating to support the phone calls made to the crisis center, you have helped save the lives of victims at the worst time of their lives.
In 2013, AODVC international advocates and case managers received 3012 incoming calls and emails from 502 victims in 62 countries. The 15 countries with the most incoming calls and emails: United Kingdom, Pakistan, Croatia, Denmark, France, South Korea, Barbados, Australia, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Thailand, Italy, Egypt and the Czech Republic.
Also in 2013, case managers provided 5,200 hours of informed, compassionate, long term case management. Without donations to pay for the crisis line this would not have been possible.
I personally know how important your donations are to victims in need. If you are interested in learning more about why I founded the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center, you can read the first chapter of my memoir for free at www.harvestingstonesbook.com
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Every year we witness an ever increasing number of victims calling for assistance. Although the final numbers are not in, we expect to have received over 3200 incoming calls and emails from 60 countries.
Without funding of the international toll free emergency number 866-USWOMEN, this would not be possible.
We thank you for your belief in this valuable resource:
Here is a quote from a caller: "Without you I don't know what I would have done. I can't believe how much time Ava took with me on the phone. Hours and hours of safety planning that saved my life. I can't thank you enough."
With gratitude, The AODVC Team
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