Justine, her husband, and their two children lived in Greece where Justine’s husband is assigned to the Crete Navel Base. Justine was the victim of both verbal and physical abuse from her husband, she has been isolated, keeping this secret from everyone in her life for over five years. Reliant on her husband’s wages, Justine could not imagine how she was going to leave Greece with the children. With no one to turn to Justine finally reported the abuse to an advocate at the Family Advocacy Program, FAP.
FAP contacted AODVC. FAP and AODVC often work together in partnership to be able to provide the best possible outcome for victims of domestic violence in the military. It is because of your support that AODVC was able to provide Justine and her children with the funds to obtain their needed travel documents, plane tickets back to the US, as well as temporary housing assistance.
We are grateful for your support!
Déni was born in the US from first generation Malian immigrants. Throughout high school Déni tried to keep the fact she was dating girls a secret from her parents, but at the age of 18 her parents had arranged her to marry a wealthy man in Mali. Déni was forced to move to Mali where she had never even visited before, with a man she met on the day of her marriage. Déni’s parents offered no support to her. Déni believes this arranged marriage was a punishment to her by her parents for being gay. In Mali Déni not only had to pretend not to be gay, was forced into a heterosexual marriage, but she also as a women had nearly no rights and was treated as such, especially by her husband. Déni, desperate, was able to secretly contact AODVC. AODVC worked with Deni for just a few weeks before Déni suspected herself of being pregnant. Déni’s case manager was able to contact the US Embassy of Mali. The Embassy and AODVC worked together to get Déni to safety to the USA. She was sad she could not go back to her family but is she receiving on-going support through AODVC and partner agencies.
With the help of our supporters who donated to this cause, Déni and her daughter are free to live her life with the basic human rights everyone deserves.
Erin called AODVC from Sweden where she had been living with her husband, her son Harvey, and the family dog, Andy. Erin always made sure that her life appeared to be wonderful to all of her family and friends back home. However, things in Erin’s life really were not wonderful, Erin’s husband was an alcoholic. He frequently would come home very drunk and angry for nearly any reason. He would shout, throw things, and became abusive to everyone in the family.
Andy, took most of the abuse as he would bark and try to get in the way anytime Erin’s husband started shouting or becoming physically violent with Erin or Harvey. Andy was Harvey’s best friend and a lot of time his hero when Harvey’s dad would lose control. AODVC was able to bring Erin, Harvey, and Andy back to the US, helping them to escape the severe abuse from her husband. Both Harvey and Erin would have been absolutely devastated to leave Andy behind.
Thank you for allowing us to help families like Erin’s!