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!
Bobbi contacted us by email. Bobbi is the daughter of Faith. They had been living in the UK for several years. Our Pathways advocate had multiple email communications from Bobbi who was emailing on behalf of her mother who was being abused by her father.
Finally Faith found the courage to communicate directly with us using Bobbi's email. Faith's husband did not allow Faith to have her own phone or email account. He even monitored the phone calls Faith had with her mother in the USA.
We safety planned with them to get them away from the abuse. Covid complicated an already challenging escape plan, but they made it home safely because of donors like you.
Thank you for your continuing belief in our mission. The Pathways Team.
Diane had been hesitant to move with her husband to Mexico. He had been abusive in their home in California. When her husband received a generous job offer in Mexico he was so happy and he seemed so much better.
After they had been in Mexico for about six months he began to become controlling and moody again. After one year the abuse had progressed to physical violence. Libby loved her father but she had seen the abuse and was becoming fearful and withdrawn. Diane did not want Libby to grow up in a violent home believing violence was normal.
Diane emailed Pathways and began safety planning including covid-19 considerations trying to navigate her escape home to safety. After weeks of email planning, Diane was able to escape with Libby back to California.
Donors like you make these success stories possible! Thank you! The Pathways' Team.
Annie thought moving abroad to Italy as a trailing spouse was going to be the most wonderful experience, especially for her son Brody.
Annie's husband told her moving to Italy would be a new start for them. He had been verbally abusive in the past but agreed to counseling and a new life in Italy.
Within one year the abuse of Annie's husband increased from verbal threats to physical violence. Annie secretly communicated wiyh Pathways' via email for several months before finally being able to flee back home to the USA.
Thank you for helping Annie & Brody live a life without abuse back home.
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