Danger-to-Safety Relocation for DV Survivors

by Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center
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When Ginessa first married her husband she was so happy. She became pregnant almost immediately. She gave birth to her daughter in the USA.When their daughter was a few years old they moved to Mexico so her husband could work in the family business. At first everything seemed fine, but soon Ginessa's husband began staying out late, coming home drunk, calling her names and throwing things at her. His shouting would wake up her daughter. He had done it twice in the USA and she told him if he ever did it again she would take her daugher and leave. Since it never happened again in the USA, Ginessa was not expecting it to happen in Mexico. But it did,over and over.

Her husband had hidden their passports and told Ginessa that she can never leave. Ginessa and her daughter were trapped. Finally, Ginessa was able to call the American Embassy from a neighbor's home and they gave her AODVC's phone number. We worked with Ginessa for several weeks safety planning with the help of the next door neighbor. Last month, we paid for Ginessa and her daugher to get new passports and got them tickets back home.

We would not have been able to help Ginessa and her daughter without the generosity of donors like you!

In 2015 we provided 49 battered mothers and their children with danger to safety assistance and relocation home to the USA. That is a record number!

That is one family almost every week. Our case managers worked thousands of hours, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to make this possible.

But none of these danger to safety relocations would have happened without support from donations like yours.

Fleeing a foreign country and escaping abuse is so difficullt. We want to sincerely thank you for opening your heart and supporting battered American women and their children seeking safety at home.

The AODVC Team

When Jocelyn called AODVC last month and told us her story, we feared she and her son Luis were in danger of lethality. Her husband had stranged her, threatened to kill her after she met an American friend, Katie, in Madrid for lunch. He accused her of having an affair because Jocelyn forgot to take her phone off of silent and she didn't know he had called her - 15 times.

Jocelyn disclosed her husband had been abusive before but it had escalated in the past year.

We were able to get Jocelyn and Luis on a plane home to the USA as well as provide some cash for immediate needs. They are living with Jocelyn's mother, safe and sound.

We were only able to provide danger to safety relocation to Jocelyn and Luis because of donations like yours. Thank you so much for caring about battered American women and children suffering with abuse overseas.

The AODVC Team.

Katie went with her husband and three children to Germany right after the kids got out of school in June. It was supposed to be a one month vacation. But when it came time for them to come home, her husband told them they are not returning to the USA. He had taken their airline tickets and passports for "safe keeping" earlier in the trip.

When Katie called us she describer her husband as a very difficult man. He had to have his way or else the screaming and the name calling would begin. She had always done her best to keep him calm. But she didn't want to stay in Germany. She was sure he would become physically violent if she said she wanted to take the kids and go home.

She overheard her husband giving a 30 day notice to their landlord. He then called his brother and told him to go to the house and put everything into storage.

He told Katie she could not leave because of the Hague Convention. In this case, that was not a problem.

Katie was able to find their passports but not the expired airline tickets. She thinks he may have cashed them in.

Katie had no money of her own. Because of donations like yours we were able to fly Katie and the kids back home before the 30 day notice was up. They are back in their house! Katie knows when she files for divorce her husband will be angry. She is so thankful to be home where she has support of her family.

Thank you so much for helping Katie and her kids! The AODVC Team

Aislynn and her daughter Lyla, 3 years old, moved to Greece last year for her husband's new job. He had been out of work for a while in the USA and they were struggling financially. Times were tough and her husband was moody and depressed. When he got the job offer in Greece, he became more like the self-assured man Aislynn had married. Aislynn was hopeful things would be better in Greece. They were for a while, until Aislynn joined an international women's club.

Her husband began making derogatory comments about the way she dressed, her hair and her friends. He questioned her whereabouts accusing her of having an affair. He put a tracking device on her car, spyware on her laptop, demanded he see receipts for any money she spent and called her constantly when she was out of the house. Aislynn tried to reason with him. She took her daughter with her everywhere she went - to the grocery store, to the women's club meetings, to the park. How could she be having an affair? But the abuse escalated.

Then one day Aislynn came home. Lyla had fallen asleep in the car so Aislynn carried her into the house and put her to bed. When she walked back into the kitchen her husband physically attacked her in a blind rage.

The next day he apologized, beggin Aislynn to forgive him, promising it would never happen again. The day after, Lyla looked at Aislynn's arm and ran her tiny fingers over the bruises. Lyla didn't say anything. But at that moment Aislynn knew she had to get out.

Aislynn called us and we were able to get her and Lyla out of Greece and back home because of generous donations like yours.

Aislynn and Lyla are living with Aislynn's parents. They are happy and safe. Thank you for caring about battered mothers and their children!

 

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Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.866uswomen.org
Project Leader:
Paula Lucas
Founder
Portland, OR United States
$26,034 raised of $40,000 goal
 
492 donations
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