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 18, 2016

Rebecca is safe because of you!

Rebecca moved with her military spouse last year to Bahrain. As time went on he became more and more abusive - calling her names and insulting her. Then he began to get physically violent - pushing her and hitting the wall next to her head. Rebecca was afraid to tell anyone in the military for fear the abuse would get worse. She was also afraid her husband would lose his job.

After working with one of our case managers for several weeks, Rebecca decided that she needed to return home to the USA for safety. Here is a note from Rebecca:

"I was so confused. I love my husband but I can't accept the abuse. I can't thank you enough for helping me through the most difficult time of my life."

We want to thank you for helping us help stop military family violence abroad. The AODVC Team

Oct 18, 2016

You helped Jennifer!

When Jennifer called us this week our case manager Linda could barely understand her. Linda waited patiently, offering words of support and encouragement as Jennifer's sobbing slowly subsided.

Jennifer is in a study abroad program in France and had just been sexually assaulted by a study abroad student from another American University. They were friends and they had studied together in the past. He invited her to his host families home to study one night. When Jennifer got there he told her that the host family wasn't home so they could spend some time alone.

When Jennifer felt uncomfortable she made an excuse to leave.That is when he made advances at her. When she resisted, he sexually assaulted her.

Linda was able to help Jennifer get to the hospital where she received medical care and counseling. Linda is still working with Jennifer as she decides what she wants to do next. Here is a note from Jennifer:

"Linda helped me in the darkest hour of my life. I don't know what I would have done without her."

We want to thank you for helping us help American victims of sexual assault abroad! The AODVC Team

Oct 14, 2016

You helped Rain and Harper!

When Rain called us from Thailand she was desperate. Her husband had become more and more abusive after they had moved to Bangkok for his job. The night before Rain called us her husband became angry after Harper would not stop crying. Rain explained that Harper had a fever and wasn't feeling well. Her husband ripped Harper from Rain's arms and locked him in a closet. When Rain tried to intervene he hit her.

Luckily Rain had access to their American passports. Because of donations like yours we were able to purchase airline tickets and get Rain and Harper home to the USA. They are living with Rain's parents. Rain filed for a family protection order and emergency custody of Harper. Rain loves her husband but what he did is unacceptable and she will not raise Harper in an abusive home.

We can't thank you enough for helping us help abused Americans abroad like Rain and Harper! The AODVC Team

 
   

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