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 Rita and her daughter Chloe!

Rita had been living in Ecuador with her daughter Chloe and her husband as American expatriates for two years when she contacted us. Her husband's job took them to Ecuador for a two year contract.

Rita's husband's abuse went from verbal insults to multiple incidents of physical abuse over the two years they had been in Ecuador. Rita was trying to wait out the two years until her husband's contract was up because of the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction.

But her husband renewed the contract for two more years without telling her.

We provided Rita with a free consultation with an international family law attorney and asked Rita to get a  hold of a copy of her husband's contract. After reading the contract, the attorney was confident Rita would be able to defend a Hague petition.

We safety planned and were able to get Rita and Chloe back home last month because of donations like yours! Thank you so much! The AODVC Team

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.

 
   

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