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 9, 2016

Kathy is safe with her children because of you!

When Kathy came home for Christmas with her children, she knew she wasn't going back to France. She contacted us as soon as she arrived and asked us to help her.

Kathy moved to France 1.5 years ago for her job. Her husband joined her and found a job. The more she moved up in the company, the more her husband became abusive. Kathy was happy in her career and her children were happy living in France, learning French and experiencing a different culture. But the abuse was too much. Her husband was also beginning to abuse the kids and she wanted to get home to the USA.

Kathy feared her husband would file a Hague Petition to try to force the children back to France. He did. We were able to secure an attorney for Kathy because of donations like yours. Even though her husband filed a Hague Petition, Kathy prevailed and was able to keep the kids in the USA.

Thank you so much for helping us keep battered American mothers with their children!

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.

 
   

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