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

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

Jul 19, 2016

You helped Bella come home!

Thanks to donations like yours Bella was able to come home with her human mom Amber! We helped Amber and Bella escape Belize last month. Amber had been teaching English in Belize for two years and had adopted Bella just a few months after she arrived. She met a man, an American, in December of last year. Amber told us they had a whirlwind romance and everything was great for the first six months, then he became moody and started criticizing her.

Last month, he came home drunk and hit her. That is when Amber called us for help. We helped Amber come up with a safety plan and helped her get everything in order so she could leave and come back to the USA with Bella.

Amber is safely living at her mom and dad's house with Bella now. We can't thank you enough for helping Amber and Bella!

The AODVC Team

May 25, 2016

Ruby came home last month because of you!

Getting Ruby out of Portugal has indeed been a challenge. We were able to get Ruby the medication she needed with the help of a neighbor. Then came the challenge of getting her out of her house to meet a consular officer from the American Embassy to get her new passport issued. That didn't happen until the end of March when her husband's family came for a visit and he was acting nice and normal by letting her go out shopping.

The following week, he let her go out again to go shopping. Ruby never went back. We got her a taxi to the Embassy, she picked up her new passport and got on the plane.

Ruby is so thankful. Here is a note from Ruby:

"I feel so blessed. I am home with my children and grandchildren and I could not be happier. Please thank that angel that helped me."

From Ruby, and AODVC, thank you so much!

 
   

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