Dear Supporters of AODVC,
June 16th is matching day! Global Giving is matching at 50% up to $1,000 per donor per project!
Since the launch of our Global Campaign, our crisis calls have increased more than 300%! With the increase in calls comes the need for the increase in direct services, including danger to safety relocation, case management, legal assistance, counseling, and assistance with basic needs. To be able to meet the increase in calls while continuing to provide award winning services, we need your help!
Please donate on June 16, 2010 to American victims of domestic violence and child abuse abroad and have your donation matched at 50%! Thank you for your generous support.
Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center
On April 16th the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center received the National Crime Victims Service Award from the US Department of Justice in honor of extraordinary efforts in direct service to victims of crime. The award was presented by US Attorney General Eric Holder
While we are both humbled and proud of this achievement, we would have never achieved this level of recognition, or have had the resources to serve Americans abused overseas, without the on-going support of our Global Giving donors.
This award comes at a time when we have seen crisis calls increase 330% for the first quarter of 2010 when compared to the first quarter of 2009.
Thank you from all of us, myself, Brooke, Caitlin, Noelle, Samaneh, Rebecca and all of the volunteers. Best. Paula
Thank you for your generous support and donations. Between January 1 and March 10, 2010, the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center received a total of 494 crisis calls, emails, and live chats.
• January- 181 crisis calls, emails, and live chats,
• February- 188 crisis calls, emails, and live chats,
• March- 125 crisis calls, emails, and live chats between March 1 and March 10.
The following quote was sent to Caitlin McGuan, AODVC Crisis Services Coordinator, from a survivor in Morocco.
“Thank you again for all of your help and support. If it weren’t for the information you sent me, I never would have been able to locate an international family law attorney to represent me. And, now that I have, it’s like a weight’s been lifted off my shoulders. Thank you.”
Thank you again for supporting the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center.
Thank you for your generous support and donations! In 2009, the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center received 1,424 crisis calls and emails serving 273 families from 64 different countries.
In addition to providing support to all of our clients, AODVC provided legal assistance for 10 families, assisted 11 families with danger to safety relocations, 5 families with basic needs assistance and provided 4 families with counseling.
Throughout the past year, I have been keeping you updated on the statistics of the population that we serve and the services that we offer. To further illustrate the continuum of services American overseas domestic violence survivors need we have decided to share the story of one of our clients. Names and other details of her situation have been changed.
“Leigh first contacted AODVC a couple years ago while experiencing horrific abuse in an foreign country. She wanted to get her and her children out of the country and back to the US, but her abuser had hidden their passports. AODVC worked with her in creating a specialized safety plan, contacting the US Embassy, and connecting her with local domestic violence resources.
After Leigh was granted new passports, AODVC worked with her during the repatriation process, assisting her with finding flights and hotels along the way.
Once Leigh and her children arrived back in the US, AODVC connected her with a local shelter as many shelters were denying her services because the abuse happened overseas. It was vital that Leigh find shelter as Leigh was certain that her abuser had hired a private investigator to locate her and the children.
Leigh's family contacted her to tell her that her abuser was filing for custody of the children. AODVC connected Leigh with legal representation and offered modest financial assistance.
After years of abuse, and immense amounts of stress, Leigh expressed interest in counseling. AODVC connected her with a counselor.
After a long and tedious legal battle, Leigh was granted custody of her children. Leigh decided that she wanted to move out of shelter and into an apartment. AODVC supported Leigh as she looked for an apartment, a job, and childcare.”
While each case is extremely unique, this story is representative of many cases. Some clients are not able to leave the foreign country due to certain laws within the foreign country, some clients do not contact us until after they've arrived back in the US, some clients have protracted legal cases that last for years, while others use our services for just a few months.
No matter the length or specific services a client receives, AODVC could not offer these services without the generous support, enthusiasm, and donations from you.
On behalf of the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Leigh, and the 272 other families served in 2009, thank you.
Thank you for your support during the Give More, Get More challenge. This project received 38 donations with a cumulative value of $6,058. Global Giving matched the donations with $1,955, resulting in $8,013 towards assisting American domestic violence survivors in foreign countries.
Thanks to all of your support this year, between January and October, the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center was able to assist 302 families, 109 of these families had children.
We received 1,153 crisis calls and emails from 57 different countries. We provided 10 families with legal assistance, 5 families with counseling, and 3 families with basic needs assistance.
Noelle Donahue, our International Crisis Line Advocate, received the following message from one of our clients,
“I was so fortunate to "escape", and I thank you all so much for equipping me with the knowledge and resources that helped me along the way. My first step was calling your crisis line… My children and I are trying to heal, but we have our bad days, and I wonder if it will ever be behind us...Thank you again.”
-A survivor in Brazil
Thank you again for your donations, support, and encouragement.
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