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!
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.
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