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.
Oct 11, 2016

You helped save Trinity!

Anna first called us in August. She had been in Ecuador for two years working for an NGO. Anna and her Border Collie, Trinity, were experiencing abuse by her boyfriend in Ecuador. It was mostly verbal abuse, but then he pushed Anna against a wall and threatened to hit her. When Trinity tried to protect Anna her boyfriend kicked Trinity and then lock her in a room without food and water. That was the final straw for Anna.

Anna had the funds to be able to come home to the USA but not the vet certificate and costs to bring Trinity home. Thanks to donations like yours, Trinity and Anna are home safe and sound and living with Anna's parents.

Here is part of an email from Anna: "You ladies are amazing! I didn't know how I was going to get out of Ecuador with Trinity. You made it possible! I can thank you enough!"

We want to thank you for helping us help victims like Anna & Trinity! The AODVC Team

Aug 3, 2016

You helped Molly keep Ethan safe!

Molly called us the day after her husband attacked her one night after she had put Ethan to bed. He accused her of having an affair, hit her repeatedly and raped her. He had been abusive before while she was pregnant with Ethan but he had never done anything like that. She knew she was in serious danger and needed to get home.

They had been living in Argentina for only a few months. We were able to connect Molly to an international family law attorney. He determined that given the short length of time they had been in Argentina, the one year contract her husband had with the company in Argentina and the rental of their home in the USA, that Molly would be able to easily defend a Hague Petition on International Child Abduction if her husband filed one.

We were able to get Molly and Ethan back to her parents house in the USA. This was all possible because of donations like yours! Thank you so much! The AODVC Team

Aug 1, 2016

You helped Christine and Isabella!

Christine was stationed in Italy with her husband and daughter Isabella. Her husband was a high ranking officer in the military and Christine was afraid to go to the family advocacy program at the base. Her husband had strangled her and she knew that was an indicator of lethality.

Christine worked with one of our case managers for several weeks considering all of her options and possible outcomes. When Christine decided to report to the base, a military family advocate and one of our case managers co-case managed to ensure all services offered by the military and AODVC were accessed and coordinated.

Christine and her daughter Isabella are now safe back in the USA after a very difficult transition. It is because of donors like you that we are able to assist American military members fleeing domestic violence abroad! Thank you so much! The AODVC Team


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