Children of domestic violence survivors

by Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Dear Supporters of AODVC,

June 16th is matching day! Global Giving is matching at 50% up to $1,000 per donor per project!

Since the launch of our Global Campaign, our crisis calls have increased more than 300%! With the increase in calls comes the need for the increase in direct services, including danger to safety relocation, case management, legal assistance, counseling, and assistance with basic needs. To be able to meet the increase in calls while continuing to provide award winning services, we need your help!

Please donate on June 16, 2010 to American victims of domestic violence and child abuse abroad and have your donation matched at 50%! Thank you for your generous support.


Brooke Galloway

Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Award ceremony in Washington DC
Award ceremony in Washington DC

On April 16th the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center received the National Crime Victims Service Award from the US Department of Justice in honor of extraordinary efforts in direct service to victims of crime. The award was presented by US Attorney General Eric Holder

While we are both humbled and proud of this achievement, we would have never achieved this level of recognition, or have had the resources to serve Americans abused overseas, without the on-going support of our Global Giving donors.

This award comes at a time when we have seen crisis calls increase 330% for the first quarter of 2010 when compared to the first quarter of 2009.

Thank you from all of us, myself, Brooke, Caitlin, Noelle, Samaneh, Rebecca and all of the volunteers. Best. Paula


Thank you for your generous support and donations. Between January 1 and March 10, 2010, the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center received a total of 494 crisis calls, emails, and live chats, 341 of the crisis communications involved children. • January- 181 crisis calls, emails, and live chats and 115 of these crisis communications involved children • February- 188 crisis calls, emails, and live chats and 138 of these crisis communications involved children • March- 125 crisis calls, emails, and live chats and 88 of these crisis communications involved children between March 1 and March 10. American overseas survivors of domestic violence with children face many obstacles in getting themselves and their children to safety. These obstacles include not having access to the children's passports, travel bans placed on the survivor and/or her children, and international child custody laws. AODVC’s International Case Managers and Advocates provide American overseas survivors of domestic violence with resources, tools, and support, empowering the survivor to make educated decisions about her situation. The following quote was sent to Caitlin McGuan, AODVC Crisis Services Coordinator, from a survivor in El Salvador. “I want to take this opportunity to thank you again for all the help and support you’ve been giving to me and my children. I really appreciate it, and I know we wouldn’t have made it even this far if it hadn’t been for you. God bless you.” Thank you again for supporting children of American overseas survivors of domestic violence.

Thank you for your generous support and donations! In 2009, the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center received 1,424 crisis calls and emails serving 273 families from 64 different countries.

In addition to providing support to all of our clients, AODVC provided legal assistance for 10 families, assisted 11 families with danger to safety relocations, 5 families with basic needs assistance and provided 4 families with counseling.

Throughout the past year, I have been keeping you updated on the statistics of the population that we serve and the services that we offer. To further illustrate the continuum of services American overseas domestic violence survivors need we have decided to share the story of one of our clients. Names and other details of her situation have been changed.

“Leigh first contacted AODVC a couple years ago while experiencing horrific abuse in an foreign country. She wanted to get her and her children out of the country and back to the US, but her abuser had hidden their passports. AODVC worked with her in creating a specialized safety plan, contacting the US Embassy, and connecting her with local domestic violence resources.

After Leigh was granted new passports, AODVC worked with her during the repatriation process, assisting her with finding flights and hotels along the way.

Once Leigh and her children arrived back in the US, AODVC connected her with a local shelter as many shelters were denying her services because the abuse happened overseas. It was vital that Leigh find shelter as Leigh was certain that her abuser had hired a private investigator to locate her and the children.

Leigh's family contacted her to tell her that her abuser was filing for custody of the children. AODVC connected Leigh with legal representation and offered modest financial assistance.

After years of abuse, and immense amounts of stress, Leigh expressed interest in counseling. AODVC connected her with a counselor.

After a long and tedious legal battle, Leigh was granted custody of her children. Leigh decided that she wanted to move out of shelter and into an apartment. AODVC supported Leigh as she looked for an apartment, a job, and childcare.”

While each case is extremely unique, this story is representative of many cases. Some clients are not able to leave the foreign country due to certain laws within the foreign country, some clients do not contact us until after they've arrived back in the US, some clients have protracted legal cases that last for years, while others use our services for just a few months.

No matter the length or specific services a client receives, AODVC could not offer these services without the generous support, enthusiasm, and donations from you.

On behalf of the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Leigh, and the 272 other families served in 2009, thank you.

Thank you for supporting the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center. Between January and October, 2009, your support and generous donations enabled us to assist 302 families, 109 of these families had children.

We received 1,153 crisis calls and emails from 57 different countries. We assisted 10 families with legal assistance, 5 families with counseling, and provided 3 families with basic needs assistance.

Caitlin McGuan, our Crisis Services Coordinator, received the following message from one of our clients with children, “You have helped us already not to feel so isolated and helpless as we had and that in and of itself has been empowering and energizing in these very difficult circumstances for my whole family.” -American woman in Greece

We sincerely thank you for supporting children of domestic violence survivors.


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Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Paula Lucas
Portland, OR United States

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