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!
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.
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