Mila called us from the Phillipines last month. She and her daughter Sydney were both experiencing emotional and psychological abuse from her husband. Every evening her husband would drink and begin screaming at both Mila and Sydney, telling them how useless they were. He began calling them names. Then he began threatening violence to: teach them a lesson. Afraid, one night after her husband fell asleep, Mila called us.
We safety planned with Mila for several weeks. Finally, the opportunity came for Mila and Sydney to escape, get to the airport and fly home.
They are living with Mila's parents for now. Sydney is much better too! She is back to her smiling, happy self!
Thank you for rescuing Mila & Sydney!
We would also like you to know that we are changing our name from the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center to Pathways to Safety International, with the tag line: Empowering victims of interpersonal & gender based violence abroad.
This name better reflects the scope of work we do to help Americans experiencing violence abroad.
Thank you so much for your support! Paula Lucas, Founder & Executive Director