When Scarlett first emailed Pathways she felt so defeated. When she and her husband moved to Indonesia two years ago she was excited to live in an exotic country. Her husband had been emotionally and verbally abusive at home but blamed it on work stress. Indonesia would be a new, fresh start.
The first year the insults and threats slowly increased. But this past yeat her husband had slapped and hit her multiple times. Scarlett just couldn't take anymore.
Covid posed travel problems and she felt ashamed to ask her parents for help. A Pathways email advocate helped Scarlett with resources, a safety plan and emotional support over several weeks as she planned her escape.
Scarlett is back home in the USA and living with her parents. She is happy and relieved to be home. Scarlett has a lot of healing to do, but because of donrors like you, she is safe. Thank you!
Sarah emailed Pathways asking for help. She detailed horrific incidents of abuse from her husband in Europe and felt he may kill her. With covid and travel restrictions, Sarah felt hopeless, alone and isolated. She was so afraid for her daighter Paige.
Via confidential email a Pathways' advocate was able to provide a safety plan and resources to help Sarah. With the help of Sarah's parents, a lot of patience, time and planning, she and Paige were recently able to escape back home to safety.
Without donors like you success stories like Sarah's would not be possible. You are changing lives, and in some cases, saving lives.
When Kelly contacted us by crisis email recently she was distraught. Her husband of three years had become so violent she had begun to fear for her life. He threatened to kill her if she ever tried to leave him. Kelly felt paralyzed with fear one minute and felt like she just wanted to get home as quickly as possible the next.
A Pathways' advocate was able to help Kelly understand her options and potential outcomes, safety plan and provide emotional support. The pandemic complicated an already difficult situation.
The good news is Kelly was able to get home to safety after a few very challenging weeks.
Here is part of an email from Kelly: "I would never have been able to get home without your help. You were my rock in the middle of a very turbulent sea."
Thank you for your support and for helping Kelly get home safely.
Without a doubt, 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. The pandemic has changed the way we work, how we live, how our children go to school, kept us in isolation and often plunged us into financial hardship.
For battered American women & children abroad isolation at home with the abuser, abuse has increased an estimated 20%-50%. Providing support is difficult with the majority of support being conducted via email.
Despite all the obstacles, because of donations like yours, we have still had some good outcomes this year. Pathways advocates are still available via email and we have successfully assisted victims with safety planning, resources and logistics to be able to escape. But most are still stuck abroad, and we will continue to do what we can to support them.
With covid vaccines on the horizon we are expecting a surge of victims seeking assistance in the coming months.
We hope you will consider another donation before the end of the year to provide funds to meet the coming surge in 2021. And if not, we understand. This year has been hard on everyone.
Thank you and we wish you and your families happiness, health and prosperity as we enter a New Year.
Francine contacted Pathways via our crisis email. She was fraught with despair. Her abusive husband had taken Lily to his parents house in Croatia and would not allow Francine to see Lily. He was punishing her for not having dinner ready one night. It had been 2 weeks since she had hugged her daughter.
We helped Francine devise a plan to "make things better" with her husband in a safe way so he would bring Lily home. It worked. We then helped Francine safety plan to get her and Lily back home safely to the USA.
It took months. Covid made an already complicated situation even more complicated.
Eventually, Francine & Lily flew home to safety. They are living with Francine's parents in a quiet, non-violent home. She has a lot ahead of her but getting Lily to safety was the first huge step.
Success stories like this would not be possible without donors like you. Thank you so much!
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