When Isabel emailed Pathways she told us she had been thinking of leaving her abusive husband for a long time. She was tired of his insults, his anger and his violent temper.
Isabel wasn't sure what to do. She has been a stay at home mom and hasn't worked in years. Her family in the USA doesn't know about the abuse. Her adult children left home early because of abuse and are encouraging her to leave.
Isabel communicated with a Pathways advocate over quite a while without her husband knowing. We continued to provide emotional support and let Isabel understand her options. We didn't hear from Isabel for several weeks and we hoped she was okay.
Recently, Isabel let us know that her husband became suspicious of her emails so she needed to stop. But she had enough information and felt confident enough to contact her family and ask for help to get home.
Isabel told us she doesn't think she would have had the courage to tell her family, leave her husband and flee back home without Pathways advocacy and support. Having a confidential email available to victims is critical to their ability to make informed decisions for themselves to leave an abusive partner safely.
Without donors like you such help would not be possible! Thank you!
Tahlia had been emailing with a Pathways' advocate in the dark, in the middle of the night, for months while her abuser was asleep. Ever since he began working from home due to the pandemic the abuse escalated. She felt like she was walking on eggshells all the time. Something as small as forgetting to turn off the light would send him into a scary rage. He would scream, punch the wall next to her, and call her names.
Even though Tahlia was just across the US border in Canada, covid travel restrictions prevented her from escaping home. She felt like she may as well have been on the other side of the world. Tahlia was afraid, exhausted, and distraught. A Pathways’ advocate was her only critical lifeline for ongoing support and hope.
Recently, with borders opening, our advocate was able to help Tahlia devise an escape plan and she was able to flee back home to safety in the USA. Without donors like you such critical, confidential email support, that often lasts for months, would not be possible to help victims in their darkest hour. Thank you for caring.
The pandemic has been challenging for everyone. American victims of gender based violence abroad face even more obstacles than usual trying to get home to safety.
Because of donors like you, our crisis email has been a constant resource for victims in crisis during a turbulent time of uncertainty.
Victims like Katya who was sexually assaulted in France. Victims like Willow who needed to escape domestic violence in Albania. Victims like Riggs who was sexually assaulted and afraid to report because of being part of the LGBTQ community.
Without your donations these victims would not have been able to receive emotional support, advocacy, safety planning and guidance they desperately needed in their greatest time of need.
We sincerely appreciate your belief in our mission.
Thank you so much for donating earlier this month to our new project to help keep our confidential email going.
We raised over $1500 so far this month! Plus, some matching funds from GlobalGiving that will be distributed in January.
Our crisis email has been a lifeline to so many abuse victims this year. Global estimates range from 20% up to a 50% increase in domestic violence during lockdown.
With covid vaccines on the horizon we are expecting a surge of victims seeking assistance in the coming months. Most victims' first point of contact with Pathways is via our crisis email.
We hope you will consider another donation before the end of the year to provide funds to meet the coming surge in need for crisis email advocacy in 2021. And if you are not, we understand. Its been a tough year for everyone.
Thank you and we wish you and your families happiness, health and prosperity as we enter a New Year.
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