Danger-to-Safety Relocation for DV Survivors

by Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

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!

Tammy called us terrified in the middle of the night from the lobby of a hotel in Argentina with her daughter Anna and son Evan. Tammy snuck out of her apartment while her abusive husband was sleeping after a night of horrible abuse. She had all of their American passports but no money. We immediately paid to get Tammy, Anna & Evan into the hotel and wired Tammy cash to buy food & diapers. Within two days we were able to fly them all back home safely to the USA because of donations like yours. 

We have connected Tammy with a counselor and an attorney to help her through the next steps of her journey escaping violence. She is receiving state financial assistance and hopes to move out of the shelter by April. Tammy sent this in an email.

"I was so scared. We had nowhere to go. If the hotel receptionist hadn't told me about AODVC I don't know where I would be. I think an angel guided me to that hotel lobby that night. We all sleep through the night now. Thank you for giving us our life back."

Thank you for being the other angels in Tammy's life!

The AODVC Team

In the past few years we have been able to provide dozens of battered American mothers and their children with danger to safety relocation back home to the USA to escape abuse.

Last week we brought Rose and her daughter Sari home to the USA from India after horrible abuse by Rose's husband. Here is an email we received from Rose:

"I don't know how to thank you. I thought he was going to kill us. I prayed night after night for a miracle, for someone to help us. Without you I don't think we would be alive. I never imagined someone would help us get out and pay for airline tickets so we could come home. You are angels!"

We can't agree more with Rose. You are the angels!

We have several more families in urgent need of getting back home to the USA. If you are able to, please consider helping Clover or Arial come home too!




Wishing you love, happiness and prosperity this holiday season! The AODVC Team

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Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.866uswomen.org
Project Leader:
Paula Lucas
Portland, OR United States
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