Danger-to-Safety Relocation for DV Survivors

by Pathways to Safety International
Danger-to-Safety Relocation for DV Survivors
Danger-to-Safety Relocation for DV Survivors
Danger-to-Safety Relocation for DV Survivors
Danger-to-Safety Relocation for DV Survivors
Danger-to-Safety Relocation for DV Survivors
Danger-to-Safety Relocation for DV Survivors

When Valerie emailed our crisis email in April she was distraught. She and her four-year old son Dylan were being abused by her husband. Valerie felt she had exhausted all of her options and didn't know what to do next. She had tried counseling with her husband as a last-ditch effort to help him understand how his abuse was impacting her and their son.

Counseling didn't work. Her husband was the perfect gentleman in front of the counselor, then he would mock her on the way home telling her no one would ever believe her if she told anyone about the abuse.

Over time, our crisis email advocate helped Valerie create a safety plan. With her parents help, she was able to get home with Dylan last month.

Your donations make it possible for us to continue to provide support to American battered mothers abroad and their children, and help them navigate their way home to safety in the US.

Thank you so much for believing in our mission! The Pathways Team

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Jessica began emailing us for help last year. She felt trapped, alone and in fear of her abuser harming their son Anthony more than he already had. So far, Jessica had been taking the brunt of her husband's abuse. But during the pandemic her abusive husband became more and more agitated and angry and started yelling at Anthony and insulting him.

One night, in a fit of rage, he shoved Anthony onto the floor and he grazed his head on the bed post. That was the final straw for Jessica.

Watching Anthony wide eyed and terrified of his father was becoming too much. They neded to get out!

Over several months, our crisis email advocate Kate helped Jessica put a plan together and contnued to provide emotional support. When her abuser started going back to work in the office two days per week, Jessica and Anthony were ready. With only one small suitcase each they raced to the airport and boarded a flight back home.

Jessica hopes that one day her soon to be x-husband will get the help he needs and he can have a relationship with Anthony again. But for now, they are just happy to be safe at home back in the USA.

Without suporters like you, successful outcomes like Jessica and Anthony's would not be possible. Thank you for your continued belief in our efforts to help victims come home.

The Pathways Team

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Without a doubt, the past two years have been challenging 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 challenging with many abusers working from home. The majority of support is 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 78 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.

As the pandemic comes to an end, in 2022 we expect a surge in victims reaching out, desperate to come back home. As always, Pathways will provide assistance to the best of our ability.

Thank you and we wish you and your families happiness, health and prosperity as we enter a New Year.

The Pathways' Team

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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!

The Pathways Team

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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.

Thank you

Paula Lucas


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