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.
Jul 25, 2016

You helped Catrina and Sadie!

Catrina had been living in Italy with her Italian husband for 4 years. Over time he became more abusive. He had never been physically abusive but his insults, jealousy and need to control her were unbearable.

When she became pregnant with Chloe he accused her of having an affair and he was convinced the baby was not his. When Catrina was six months pregnant with Chloe, in a fit of rage he pushed her and she fell down. That is when she called us.

Catrina knew is she had Chloe in Italy then she would not be able to leave. We were able to safety plan with Catrina and get her home before Chloe was born.

Catrina and Chloe are doing really well. They are living with Catrina's parents and Chloe is adorable!

We can't thank you enough for caring about American domestic violence victims in foreign countries! The AODVC Team.

Jul 25, 2016

You helped Amanda!

Amanda was studying abroad in Madrid when a fellow student sexually assaulted her in her apartment. Amanda was terrified. He had come over to study for a final exam and they each had a glass of wine. He made a pass at her and she told him no. He took a kitchen knife and held it to her throat, forced he onto the floor and raped her.

He told her if she reported him he would say it was Amanda that made a pass at him and the sex was consensual.

Amanda didn't want the study abroad program or her parents to know.

We immediately had one of our volunteer sexual assault advocacy response team members assist Amanda in Madrid with medical needs. Since the semester was over she returned home adn and we got her connected with a counselor in her hometown.

Amanda will be in counseling for a long time. But because of donations like yours, we were able to help her immediately in her darkest hour of need. Thank you! The AODVC Team.

Jul 25, 2016

Sam is safe because of you!

When Sam went to Lebanon earlier this year to conduct research on the Syrian refugee crisis. He knew that being gay was not criminalized, but there is a code in their laws that prohibits “sexual intercourse contrary to the order of nature,” and is often used to prosecute LGBT people.

While he was working he met a man and they began dating and moved in together to save money on rent. Just two months into their relationship his partner began becoming moody and jealous. When he became physically violent Sam tried to end it. His partner threatened to "out" them both in Lebanon and together they would suffer the consequences of being gay. Sam convinced his partner he didn't mean it and called us.

We safety planned with Sam and helped him come up with a safe exit plan. Sam pretended to not be feeling well. His partner went to work, Sam went to the airport and flew home.

We truly appreciate your donations that make it possible to help people in the LGBTQ community abroad! The AODVC Team


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