Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

We work with abused American women and children in foreign countries to provide domestic violence, child abuse advocacy and sexual assault advocacy, resources and tools so that they can navigate the complicated jurisdictional, legal & social international landscapes, to be able to live free of abuse either in the foreign country or back in the United States via an international toll free crisis line, 866-USWOMEN, accessible from 175 countries, serving a population estimated at 7 million American civilians living overseas, 1.1 million military personnel and their dependents and the 68 million Americans that travel overseas every year.
May 4, 2016

You Helped Daria & Rain!

Daria had been living in Bulgaria with her husband and daughter Rain for just under one year. Daria called us after her husband became angry after she came home late one night after going out to dinner with friends. He threw her against a wall, called her names and accused her of cheating on him. It was the second time in a month this had happened. Their daughter Rain watched both times, crying and screaming. Daria told us that her husband had been verbally abusive in the past but she feared the violence was escalating. They had been to counseling but it seemed to make her husband even more volatile. She did not want Rain to grow up thinking it was okay for daddy to hurt mommy.

We safety planned with Daria. After her husband left for work one morning,we arranged a taxi to pick Daria and Rain up, take them to the airport.Back home to the USA we placed Daria  & Rain into a shelter, connected them with local resources and helped pay for them to get into their own apartment.

Daria & Rain are so thankful to donors like you who helped them come back home to the USA!

May 4, 2016

Rikki is thankful for your help!

Rikki decided to take a break from college after her sophmore year. She saved up enough money to backpack around Europe and Asia for six months. Her trip of a lifetime tragically ended when she was sexually assaulted in a hostel in Thailand.

The last thing Rikki remembers was drinking a glass of wine after dinner with other travelers at the hostel. The next morning she woke up in her bed, bruised and bleeding. Rikki had done some research before she left on her trip and had our phone number with her. We were able to immediately get Rikki to a hospital to get medical attention and prophylactics.

Rikki didn't know who sexually assaulted her but two men that were at the hostel the night before had left. They must hadve drugged her glass of wine when she turned to speak to another backpacker at the table. Rikki decided to end her trip and come home.

Because of donors like you, we were able to help Rikki get into a hotel for a couple of nights, change her ticket, and get connected to a rape crisis center in her town.

Rikki is doing better. She is in counseling and plans to work for the summer until she starts her Junior year in the fall. She is very thankful for all the assistance we provided.

May 4, 2016

Ginessa and her daughter are home and safe!

When Ginessa first married her husband she was so happy. She became pregnant almost immediately. She gave birth to her daughter in the USA.When their daughter was a few years old they moved to Mexico so her husband could work in the family business. At first everything seemed fine, but soon Ginessa's husband began staying out late, coming home drunk, calling her names and throwing things at her. His shouting would wake up her daughter. He had done it twice in the USA and she told him if he ever did it again she would take her daugher and leave. Since it never happened again in the USA, Ginessa was not expecting it to happen in Mexico. But it did,over and over.

Her husband had hidden their passports and told Ginessa that she can never leave. Ginessa and her daughter were trapped. Finally, Ginessa was able to call the American Embassy from a neighbor's home and they gave her AODVC's phone number. We worked with Ginessa for several weeks safety planning with the help of the next door neighbor. Last month, we paid for Ginessa and her daugher to get new passports and got them tickets back home.

We would not have been able to help Ginessa and her daughter without the generosity of donors like you!

 

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