When Rachel heard Carson beating up his sister Carley she froze. Carson was hitting Carley and calling her names. Carley was screaming, crying and begging him to stop. Rachel realized Carson was doing to Carley what Rachel's husband does to her. Rachel always thought the children were asleep when her husband went into his rages. Rachel ran into the bedroom and stopped Carson. She sat on the floor and cried, the reality of her abuse made her feel sick to her stomach. It was Rachel's wakeup call.
Rachel called us, afraid to contact the domestic violence advocate on the military base. We safety planned and eventually Rachel accepted for us to work with the advocate on base. Rachel, Carson & Carley are now home safe in the USA because of donations like yours. Rachel has a long way to go but they are safe, happy and Carson is not longer hitting Carley.
Here is a note from Rachel. "It was shocking to see my children as small versions of my husband's abuse of me. I realized I had to get out and back home for the sake of Carley and Carson. Thank you for being there when I needed you most."
We want to thank you so very much for helping this family stop the cycle of abuse in their home.
Wishing you love, happiness and prosperity this holiday season. The AODVC Team
Jason and his mom and dad were living in Germany. Jason's father is in the military. Several times a week Jason's father would come home and scream at his mom. He told her she was ugly, that nobody would want her and she was lucky to have him even be willing to be married to her. He criticized everything she did. His father didn't hit his mother, but he would hit the wall next to her, slam doors and throw things. During the day, his mother cryed a lot and Jason didn't know what to do.
Jason found us on the internet. We were able to talk to Jason about what he was witnessing, how it made him feel, and reassured him it was not his fault. Jason was able to convince his mother to talk to us. We provided free counseling for Jason and his mother. After several months, his mother made the decision to leave and return to the USA with Jason.
Jason misses his father and hopes he will get help one day. Because of your donations, Jason doesn't have to listen to his father yell or insult his mom anymore.
Witnessing domestic violence, including emotional and psychological abuse, is devastating to the development of a child. If children are not removed from the abusive home, they can become abuser's themselves, or become victims later on in life.
Thank you for helping Jason and for your belief in our mission! The AODVC Team.
When Chelsea joined the military she was excited to serve her country with her husband and be stationed overseas. At first her husband began to criticize the way she wore her hair or dressed when the would go out. Then he started accusing her of having affairs with other men on the base. He would question her relentlessly if she just went shopping. When he started pushing and hitting Chelsea she knew she was in trouble. One night, in a fit of rage, he strangled Chelsea.
Chelsea went to the family advocate at the base. The family advocate contacted AODVC and one of our case managers assisted in getting Chelsea into safe housing while she navigated the Military domestic violence program.
It is donations like yours that help us assist Military victims when they need assistance outside of what the Military can provide. Thank you so much for believing in our mission!
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!
In 2013, ten military victims were helped with life saving services including safety planning, intensive case management, danger to safety relocation, legal support, emergency assistance and counseling.
Without donations like yours these services to American military victims overseas would not be possible. Here is a quote from one of the emails we received from a victim your donation helped:
"This has been such a difficult time for me and my son. I don't know how I would have made it through without you. We are safe now but it is going to take time to heal. You have made that 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
I can't thank you enough for chosing to support military family violence victims on Global Giving.
Warmest wishes always, Paula
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