In 2022 we continued to receive dozens of requests for help from American military members and their spouses exeriencing abuse abroad. Our crisis email inbox is filled with heart breaking story after heart breaking story.
Victims who feel it wasn't possible to find a path to safety, or have a chance at building a life free of violence. Fear of getting their abuser in trouble, fear of being killed by their abusers, fear of utilizing the military system for reporting abuse. Many paralized in fear.
Victims like Shelby. Who we wrote to you about about back in October. She is now back home in the USA because she was able to receive ongoing information, emotional support, safety planning and resources she needed to make an informed decision from our crisis email advocate.
All because your support makes living free of violence a possibility!
Shelby does not want to get her husband in trouble, but she knew after he strangled her one night, that she needed help to get away from him. She was afraid of what he might do if she told anyone about the abuse that was connected to the US military. However, she was desperate to communicate wtth someone.
Our crisis email was the perfect solution for Shelby. She has been able to communicate with our email advocate when she goes on her daily walk, one of the few freedoms her abusive husband allows, as long as she is not gone longer than 20 minutes. He has a surveillance camera setup so he knows when she leaves, and when she comes back.
Shelby thought being the accompanying spouse of a US military member overseas would be a wonderful experience. Nevertheless, it has turned into a nightmare. Shelby is in the planning stages of leaving.
You make it possible for a Pathways advocate to be there for her. Thank you.
The Pathways Team
*In these reports, we often change the name of the victim and may use a photo that is a likeness, but not the actual photo of the victim, for safety purposes.
Madison's husband is in the US military based abroad. She and her daughter Skylar joined him just before the pandemic hit.
Before Madison and Skylar joined her husband abroad, they had goen through the Military and Family Life Counseling Program. Her husband had lost his temper several times, throwing objects at Madison and yelling at Skylar. Things improved, so Madison was hopeful when she and Skylar followed him abroad a few months later.
Madison's hope was short lived. He blamed his incidents of rage on the pandemic and stress, and it continued to escalate.
Madison didn't know what to do when she contacted us via email for emotional support and guidance. After processing her options, Madison decided she had to remove Skylar away from the abuse in the home and return back to the US. She didn't want to report the abuse to the military in fear of getting her husband in trouble.
Decisions like Madisons' are extemely hard to make. She is trying to live her happiest life possible with Skylar. Your donations make it possible for us to be a source of support for victims as they move through the decision making process. Thank you! The Pathways Team
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