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
Ria first emailed our crisis email in August. She and her mother Camela were being abused in Mexico by Camela's boyfriend. When Camela met her boyfriend in the USA he was so nice. He promised a better life for Camela and her daughter in Mexico. At first everything seemed fine, but within months, her boyfriend became violent and controlling. Ria reported he and his brothers began touching her inappropriately, making rude comments. Camela was ready to do whatever it took to protect Ria. But they were isolated, he had taken and hidden their American passports, and they had no money.
Our case manager Alice began safety planning with Ria and Camela, and devised an escape plan. Her abusive boyfriend and his brothers always drank to the point of passing out on Saturday nights. We knew this would be a window of opportunity to help Camela and Ria escape. Two weeks after we first began helping them, we arranged a taxi to pick up Camela and Ria in the middle of the night and drive them to a city 100 miles away. We arranged a hotel for them while we payed to get their American passports replaced. When the passports were ready, we purchased bus tickets for them to return to the USA where we had arranged shelter for them. They are now in one year a transitional housing program and are doing very well.
Because of donations like yours, Camela and Ria can rebuild their lives without violence in the USA. You almost certainly saved Ria from sexual abuse, and also Camela from having to take drastic measures to protect her daughter.
Thank you for caring! The AODVC Team
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