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.
May 1, 2015

Christine Has Been Reunited With Her Boys!

Christine has been reunited with her boys in France! We  were hoping the appeal would mean the boys would be returned to her in the USA. The judge in the USA ruled France had jurisdiction, but the judge in France recognized that the boys need Christine especially because they are special needs. Her now x-husband has to support her and the boys in France. He will get visitation rights but at least the boys are with Christine.

This has been a long, exhausting journey for Christine. She wanted to thank everyone who supported her though this process. She is hoping actress Kelly Rutherford's case will raise visibilty in the media of the plight of American women who's children are sent to a foreign country by American judges.

Christine wrote: "At least I have access to my boys again and I am grateful. But there is something wrong with our system that takes children away from their primary caretakers, their mothers."

We can't agree more. Thank you so much for helping Christine! The AODVC Team.

Apr 28, 2015

Amaya Is Home Safe With Her Grandma Because Of You!

Amaya turned 18 in March. We were able to get a new American passport for her without her mother or stepfather knowing. She fled back to the USA earlier this month and is safe, happy and secure with her grandmother.

Amaya plans to go to the local community college in the fall. Meanwhile she is getting counseling. She feels so bad for leaving her mother but she had to get away from the sex abuse from her stepfather. She sent this message to us:

Thank you I don't know I would have done if you hadn't helped me. I didn't want to live in the street in Turkey. It is too dangerous. Sometimes I just wanted to kill myself. I am so happy with Grandma. She has a two dogs and three cats. They sleep with me and it makes me happy."

Thank you so much for helping Amaya! The AODVC Team

Apr 28, 2015

Olivia and Ana Are Safe!

Ana is finally home with Olivia. We were hoping to get them out sooner but Ana's husband became suspicious and hid Olivia's American passport when he left on his business trip.

When he came back Ana made sure he thought everything was fine. After a couple of weeks he put Olivia's passport back in the family passport folder he kept in the drawer in the master bedroom. We bought the tickets and Ana fled with Olivia back home while her husband was at work.

The shelter kept their promise and made sure they had space available. They are transitioning now into their own housing.

Without your help they would not have been able to get out of Brazil! Thank you so much! The AODVC Team

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