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.
Nov 19, 2015

Jocelyn is home with Luis!

When Jocelyn called AODVC last month and told us her story, we feared she and her son Luis were in danger of lethality. Her husband had stranged her, threatened to kill her after she met an American friend, Katie, in Madrid for lunch. He accused her of having an affair because Jocelyn forgot to take her phone off of silent and she didn't know he had called her - 15 times.

Jocelyn disclosed her husband had been abusive before but it had escalated in the past year.

We were able to get Jocelyn and Luis on a plane home to the USA as well as provide some cash for immediate needs. They are living with Jocelyn's mother, safe and sound.

We were only able to provide danger to safety relocation to Jocelyn and Luis because of donations like yours. Thank you so much for caring about battered American women and children suffering with abuse overseas.

The AODVC Team.

Nov 17, 2015

Amalia and her daughter are home because of you!

When Amalia moved to Greece with her husband and daughter Tara she thought it would be an experience of a lifetime. They had never been to her husband's homeland. He was happy to have found a job in Athens especially during a time of economic uncertainty.

The first few months went fairly well. Her husband was a difficult man. She wrote off his mood swings as part of their cultural differences.

The first time he hit Amalia she was holding Tara. She fell from the force, losing her grip on Tara who hit her head on the floor. Her husband apologized profusely as they rushed her to the hospital. Her husband made Amalia tell the doctor that she tripped, fell & dropped Tara. Luckily, other than bruising, Tara was fine.

Amalia promised herself that if he ever pushed her again, she would leave. Within one month, he pushed her again. This time he also hit her. Amalia called our hotline. Withing 10 days we were able to get Amalia and Tara safely home because of donations like yours.

Here is a note from Amalia: "I had no idea an organization like your existed until searched for help on-line. I am so thankful. I don't want Tara growing up thinking it is okay for a man to push or hit her. You are my angels!"

Thank you so much for helping Amalia & Tara!

The AODVC team.

Oct 27, 2015

You helped Claudia escape with Riley!

Claudia called us from Mexico. She had all she needed to escape her very abusive husband and get back home to Nevada where her parents live except for one thing. She didn't have the money to get the health certificae from Riley's vet, a kennel or the airfare to bring her dog Riley back home with her.

Claudia was afraid to leave Riley behind. She was sure her abusive husband would torture or kill Riley.

Because of donations like yours, Riley was able to come home with Claudia, and, we were able to provide food for Riley for two months while Claudia looks for a job.

Claudia and Riley are happy and safe, beginning a new life, away from violence and abuse.

Thank you for caring about Claudia and Riley! The AODVC Team

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