There are so many obstacles for victims in the Military getting out of a violent home. Your donations make a world of difference to a military victim in crisis, afraid to tell anyone in the military about the abuse. We are their lifeline and you make it possible.
Here is a quote from a military victim your donation helped: "I thought he was going to kill me. I knew if I reported it on base he would find out and for sure I would be dead. You helped me make the right decision. I am safe now and recovering. Thank you for being the calm in my storm."
For those of you who already give recurring donations to our Military Family Violence program, we thank you so much. For those of you who have not given recurring donations, please consider becoming a recurring donor between December 20th and December 31st and Global Giving will match your December donation 100% as long as the recurring donation lasts four months.
If you give $50 a month for four months, your $200 becomes $250!
We sincerely thank you for your support and wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday.
The AODVC Team
First I want to personally thank you for your support of our Military Family Violence program. This program is critical to the safety of the American victims in the military who reach out to us for help.
As a supporter, I also wanted to let you know that I have published my memoir, Harvesting Stones, An American woman's international journey of survival, almost 15 years after escaping Dubai.
If you are interested, my memoir goes into detail of why I was compelled to start the organization. To read the first chapter for free please go to www.harvestingstonesbook.com
For the launch on October 7th, the kindle version will be available on amazon.com at a discounted price of only $2.99.
Folks that buy Harvesting Stones between October 7th and October 17th, and leave a review, will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. On October 18th we will pick the lucky winner!
I truly appreciate your belief in my vision and our mission. Warmest wishes, Paula
This summer our military collaborative model shined in victim services! We helped victims on three international military bases in partnership with military family advocates. Our partnership with the Department of Defense is a fabulous best practices model where the victim receives the best services from both the military and civilian advocates.
"Having both a military advocate and my case manager Lucy from AODVC, I was able to understand all of the options available to me. This has been the worst time of my life. I don't know how I would have made it through without the two of them. They listened to me without pressuring me, allowing me to make my own decisions, at my own pace."
We thank you for supporting our Military family violence program and making a huge difference for victims!
Warmest wishes, Paula
Joanne was afraid to report the abuse of her husband to a military advocate. She knew she was in a potentially lethal situation and if she went to the advocate on the base to give a restricted report, one that is confidential, the advocate would have to override that and make it an unrestricted report. Then her husband and his commanding officer would know she had reported domestic violence and she was afraid.
Joanne called us and we were able to work with Joanne for a few weeks while she worked through all of her safety concerns. After extensive safety planning we found a safe place for Joanne to stay close to the base so she would not have to go back home after she reported the abuse. Thanks to your generous donations we were able to keep Joanne safe and her case is moving forward through military channels. Thank you so much!
Military family violence can be very complicated. Victims are afraid to report the abuse to the domestic violence advocates on military bases because they are afraid of having their confidentiality compromised.
Because of your generosity, we are able to offer them free, confidential help and help them navigate their situation without fear of their husband or their husband's commanding officer finding out.
Here is a quote from one victim you helped: "I didn't know what to do. Then I saw one of your posters hanging on a wall at base. I felt my prayers had been answered. It has been a long complicated process to get away from the abuse but I had you to help me. I can't possibly express in words how thankful I am... "
Thank you for believing in our mission!
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