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.
Sep 1, 2015

Katie and her kids are home safe and sound!

Katie went with her husband and three children to Germany right after the kids got out of school in June. It was supposed to be a one month vacation. But when it came time for them to come home, her husband told them they are not returning to the USA. He had taken their airline tickets and passports for "safe keeping" earlier in the trip.

When Katie called us she describer her husband as a very difficult man. He had to have his way or else the screaming and the name calling would begin. She had always done her best to keep him calm. But she didn't want to stay in Germany. She was sure he would become physically violent if she said she wanted to take the kids and go home.

She overheard her husband giving a 30 day notice to their landlord. He then called his brother and told him to go to the house and put everything into storage.

He told Katie she could not leave because of the Hague Convention. In this case, that was not a problem.

Katie was able to find their passports but not the expired airline tickets. She thinks he may have cashed them in.

Katie had no money of her own. Because of donations like yours we were able to fly Katie and the kids back home before the 30 day notice was up. They are back in their house! Katie knows when she files for divorce her husband will be angry. She is so thankful to be home where she has support of her family.

Thank you so much for helping Katie and her kids! The AODVC Team

Sep 1, 2015

Vanessa is home because of you!

At first, living in the UK as the civilian spouse of an American military man was a great experience. Vanessa met many other American civilian wives. She participated in fundraising projects, attended luncheons and joined a swim group.

But after a couple of months, the abuse started again. Her husband had been mentally and verbally abusive to Vanessa when they lived in the states. She asked him for a divorce. He cried, apologized and told her that moving to the UK would make everything better and give them a new start.

When Vanessa called us she just found out she was pregnant. Her husband had accused her of sleeping with other men and questioned her loyalty. He didn't hit her but he threw things at her including a flower vase and picture frames. Vanessa was afraid to tell her husband. She had never been unfaithful but she was terrified he would go into a rage.

We safety planned, and because of donations like yours, we were able to get Vanessa back to the USA. Vanessa moved in with her mother and hopes her husband gets anger management or other help but right now, she is focusing on herself, her photography business and the baby.

Thank you so much for donating to help stop Military Family Violence! The AODVC Team

Aug 4, 2015

You Helped Save Samson & Delilah!

When Ariana called us from Hungary she was desperate to leave her husband. His verbal abuse, insults and criticism had turned into pushing, hitting and and finally strangulation. Ariana was certain she would not be alive in a week if we didn't help her get out. Arana also wanted to take her kitten, Samson, and her guinea pig, Delilah, with her back to the USA.

We immediately helped Ariana come up with a safety plan that allowed her to get out of the house with Samson & Delilah. We had never relocated a guinea pig before, but Ariana's case manager, Julie, was able to find out all the necessary actions and documentation necessary to bring both Samson and Delilah back home.

Because of donations like yours to our Protecting Pets in Domestic Violence 2015, Ariana, Samson & Delilah are home, safe and sound.

Thank you so much for understanding how important pets are to domestic violence survivors!

 

The AODVC Team

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