Soon after marriage, Sher's husband whisked her away to live abroad. It was quite sudden but Sher loved her husband and was excited to live in a foreign country.
For the first couple of years things were good but sometimes her husband would get angry for no apparent reason. When she was pregnant with Noam, things got worse.
Sher has been emailing our crisis advocate on and off for quite some time. Things weren't always bad. But when they were bad, they were very bad. She finally decided she needed to flee back home for the safety of herself and her son.
After extensive safety planning with our crisis advocate, Sher was able to get Noam out of the house and onto a plane. Something she said she would have never been able to do without our crisis advocate's support and guidance.
We would not be able to provide help to victims like Sher and Noam without your donations. Thank you!
The Pathways' Team
In 2022 we continued to receive hundreds of requests for help from American mothers and their children experiencing abuse abroad. Our crisis email inbox is filled with heart breaking story after heart breaking story.
These are victims who, after enduring abuse, have been stripped of their self-worth, dignity, and hope; but still are asked to take on an impossible obstacle course to escape abuse all while their lives and their children's lives are at risk.
Because of your donations, we continue to provide assistance to the most desperate and vulnerable victims around the world.
Victims like Mendy. Who is now back home in the USA with her soon to be born child because she was able to receive information, emotional support, safety planning and resources from our crisis email advocate.
Mendy was terrified her child would be born into an abusive home. Because of you, that did not happen!
We wish you a 2023 filled with peace & happiness!
The Pathways' Team
All victims of domestic violence face tremendous obstacles when escaping abuse, especially those with children. Add having to escape a foreign country to the process and successfully fleeing abuse and getting home to the USA can seem impossible.
That is how Morgan felt when she first started emailing our crisis email. She had given up and felt she would end up in a body bag overseas. However, with our advocate's help and guidance, Morgan was able to safety plan, implement a plan of escape and get the documents in order she would need once she fled home with her son Alix.
After several months, 2 taxis, 1 bus, and 2 airline flights later, Morgan and Alix back to the safety of her parent's home in the USA.
Donors like you keep our crisis email services operating so we can continue to help victims get from danger to safety.
The Pathways' Team
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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
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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