Kanita moved to Australia with her husband early last year with her daughter Samantha. Her husband became controlling and violent. He often locks her in their apartment and takes Samantha to his mother's home for days at a time. This is punishment to Kanita for not having his dinner on the table on time or for not ironing his shirts properly. He then comes back to their apartment and demands sex. If Kanita refuses, he assaults her. Kanita is desperate to get home and escape the abuse
Like so many battered American mothers overseas, Kanita is alone, abused and afraid. Her family cannot help her financially to get out of Australia and come home but she can live with her parents if she can get out of Australia.
This project will enable Kanita to get home safely with Samantha. It will pay for airline tickets plus a small amount for food while they are in transit. Kanita will be able to re-establish their lives safely back in the USA away from the abuse.
Each year we provide battered American women and children with information and services necessary to enable them to live their lives without violence. Since 2001 we have helped over 4000 women plus their children free themselves from abuse.
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