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!
We are grateful to our expanding team of staff, volunteers and board members who use their talents every day, often under very stressful conditions, to impact the lives of thousands of American women, children and men abused in foreign countries. Our team of three case managers and six advocates work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on very complex issues and for that we are blessed.
Since our partnership began with the military in 2011, we have responded to a record number of pleas for help from Americans abused overseas connected with the the military. More and more we have provided life saving services and helped these victims get home safely to the USA.
Jessica and her son Tosh are such victims. A civilian spouse of an active service member Jessica was unable to get the full domestic violence services she would have gotten from the military if she had not been a civilian. We were able to provide safety planning, advocacy with shelters and the military advocates and after three months eventually get Jessica and her son home safe, away from her violent American military husband in Italy. The bruises on Jessica's body are gone but the emotional and psychological healing will take time.We have connected her with resources in her area and are continuing to provide counseling, advocacy and support. Jessica is thankful to be safe back in the USA with Tosh and is beginning steps to reestablish her life in the USA.
Without the contributions of donors like you it is impossible for us to provide the in-depth services to victims like Winnie in need. In 2013 we envision peace in every home. A world where no child has to experience violence in the one place they should feel safe. Where they will learn to love and be loved with their self-esteem in tact, in both military and civilian homes. Warmest wishes to you and your family for 2013. Paula, Noelle, Debra, Rachel, Lucinda, Jenn, Stephanie, Hannah, Zoe, Aspen & Vicki
P.S. We have multiple micro-projects on Global Giving that you may be interested in supporting before the end of 2012, where a small donation makes a big impact.
Briana, a civilian wife of an active duty soldier, sought our help after speaking to a Family Advocate at the Military base in Germany. Over several weeks of phone calls and emails we were able to do safety planning and advocacy so Briana could get safely back home in the USA.
Because of support such as yours, Briana will be spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with her sister, mother, father and grandparents.
We also wanted to let you know about our Gift For Good on the Global Giving website: a beautiful handmade pillow cover from Jaipur, India to consider for your holiday shopping.
Thank you for all you do to help victims in need! Warmest wishes, Paula
Because of your donations, we were able to provide extensive safety planning, advocacy and case management in two very complicated cases of domestic violence connected with the military in September, ultimately getting them home safely in the USA.
As you can imagine, a victim reporting domestic violence in the military, whether an active duty spouse or military dependent, can be overwhelming. A co-case management effort between AODVC and a military family advocate ensured the best possible outcomes for the families that both the military and a nonprofit working together could provide.
Thank you again for your generosity and belief in our mission!
Dear Friends and Supporters of AODVC,
During the first 6 months of 2012, the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center has helped 254 survivors of domestic violence. We have received 1,101 crisis communications from 44 countries worldwide and provided the following services:
We received the following quote from Sally who was living in Uzbekistan,
“I was fearful for my life on a daily basis. I never thought I would be able to escape the horrific abuse until I called the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center. Because of them, I was able to escape and I am now living a life free from violence.”
It was because of your support that we were able to help Sally and the 253 other victims that contacted us this year. Thank you for your donations!
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