Nothing is more heartbreaking for a child then seeing their mother being beaten by their father. Children love both the batterer and the victim, propelling a child into a world where subconscious behavior for survival manifest. Some side with the batterer for survival. Some with the victim out of empathy. Most will grow up to either be batterer's or victim's themselves.
Earlier this year we were able to start the process of professional counseling for two brothers and their younger sister who had witnessed horrific domestic violence and had been victims of child abuse themselves for most of their lives. Last month we received the following email from one of the brothers. "We are so happy. We got a dog! Her name is Chloe. We got her from the animal shelter. Mom is going to go back to school and get her college degree. It makes us sad sometimes when we think of what happened but our counselor is helping us look to the future. I hope one day we can help other families."
During the first 6 months of 2012, the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center has helped 254 survivors of domestic violence. We have received 1,101 crisis communications from 44 countries worldwide and provided the following services:
7 Danger to Safety Relocations
14 Legal Consultations
3 Legal Retainers
6 Counseling Services
13 Emergency Assistance and Basic Needs
We received the following quote from Sally who was living in Uzbekistan,
“I was fearful for my life on a daily basis. I never thought I would be able to escape the horrific abuse until I called the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center. Because of them, I was able to escape and I am now living a life free from violence.”
It was because of your support that we were able to help Sally and the 253 other victims that contacted us this year. Thank you for your donations!
As Mother’s Day is fast approaching, let’s take a moment to honor all the mothers in world. They give life, love, and support. One of the biggest crimes against humanity is abusing these incredible women. This Mother’s Day, please make a donation to mothers that are victims of domestic violence worldwide.
Since January 1, 2012, AODVC received 589 crisis calls and helped 77 mothers in violent and dangerous situations, providing case management, safety planning, danger to safety relocations, counseling, and legal assistance. Your donation can help a mother escape from violence overseas and rebuild her life, and the lives of her children, in a healthy, happy environment.
AODVC's Lead Case Manager received the following in an email from a victim in Rome,
“Thank you so much for all your help in my escape with my children. We would never have been able to leave without your thorough safety plan and legal assistance."
Please give to a mother and children who are victims of domestic violence. Your donation will make a difference.
The first quarter of this year has been extremely busy. The phones are ringing off the hook and our case managers and international advocates are working tirelessly providing safety planning, advocacy, case management and connecting survivors with legal resources and counseling. Since January 1st, 2012, AODVC has received 325 crisis communications serving a total of 56 victims of domestic violence. In the past 10 years we have received 13,500 crisis calls, emails & live chats, serving 2,904 victims of domestic violence in the Americans overseas community.
In addition to crisis management, AODVC conducted outreach in Istanbul, Turkey, Diyarbakir, Turkey, and Rome, Italy during the first quarter of 2012. We connected with US Embassies, local women’s organizations, and American women’s clubs overseas.
As our outreach is translating into an increase in crisis calls, please donate to AODVC today to help a victim of domestic violence and their children escape horrific abuse. Thank you for your support.
Happy New Year! While we are excited about the incoming new year, we wanted to take a moment and look back at how you have helped American survivors of domestic violence overseas in 2011.
Because of your support, AODVC was able to serve 477 families, including 173 new clients. AODVC received 2,305 incoming crisis communications from 67 different countries. We provided counseling to 13 survivors, international danger to safety relocations to 15 survivors, and legal assistance to 22 survivors.
One of our clients who needed assistance in Saudi Arabia sent the following to an AODVC Case Manager,
“I really appreciate the effort and time you have put in, with finding a safe place to stay for me and my kids. I am blessed to have such a support network around me in a difficult time of my life. Thank you so much for being there for me and my children.”
We look forward to serving many more families with you in 2012. Thank you for your donations that help families escape violence.
The Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center
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