Lucinda is a civilian spouse of a US military officer overseas. She and her son Carter live in fear of her husband on a daily basis. Lucinda has tried to make the marriage work for years but she does not want Carter to grow up in an abusive home.
The pandemic has created even more obstacles escaping abuse and returning home for American domestic violence victims abroad. Our crisis email has been a lifeline for Lucinda as she navigated a very complicated escape back home to safety with the help of our crisis email advocate.
Without donors like you, we would not have the staff available to assist American victims in their time of need. We truly appreciate your support of our mission.
Without a doubt, 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. The pandemic has changed the way we work, how we live, how our children go to school, kept us in isolation and often plunged us into financial hardship.
For abused military spouses and children that are on accompanying bases, abuse has increased an estimated three-fold. Providing support is difficult with the majority of support being conducted via email.
Despite all the obstacles, because of donations like yours, we have still had some good outcomes this year. Pathways advocates are still available via email and we have successfully assisted victims with safety planning, resources and logistics to be able to remove themselves from the abuse. But most are still suffering at home, and we will continue to do what we can to support them.
With covid vaccines on the horizon we are expecting a surge of victims seeking assistance in the coming months.
We hope you will consider another donation before the end of the year to provide funds to meet the coming surge in 2021. And if not, we understand. This year has been hard on everyone.
Thank you and we wish you and your families happiness, health and prosperity as we enter a New Year.
Hannah emailed our crisis email last month. She was afraid and confused. She is overseas with her husband who is in the military.
He is verbally abusive to her, calling her names, insulting her and throwing things at her. She doesn't want to report him but she can't continue the way things are.
We have been helping Hannah navigate her challenging situation. Confronting him may increase the violence.
Hannah decided to leave and come back to the USA for safety. She left her husband a note explaining why she left.
Since arriving back to the USA her husband has said he was sorry and has agreed to go to anger management. Hannah isn't sure what is next but she truly appreciates Pathways for helping her understand what her options were to be safe and try to keep her marriage in tact.
Without donors like you we would not be available to help women like Hannah. Thank you.
Linda has been communicating by email with a Pathways advocate for months. She loves her husband but cannot take his abuse. Linda's husband is in the military and she is an accompanying spouse overseas. She has been concerned that her husband will be in a lot of trouble if she reports the violence.
Over time, Linda decided that she wanted to come home to the USA so she can be safe without compromising her husband's military career.
We honor the very difficult decision Linda had to make for herself. She is back at home and considering what her next steps will be.
Without your donations we would not be able to take the weeks and months of time necessary to help a victim navigate the decisions that are best for them in their situations.
Thank you for your support of our mission! The Pathways' Team.
Zyanya is a civilian wife accompanying her American military husband abroad. Their marriage has been difficult overseas. Zyanya's husband becomes violent when he drinks alcohol. At first it was once in a while. But now at least once a week, he comes home after drinking, insults her, accuses her of having affairs, then demands sex and if she doesn't comply, he will become physically violent.
He apologizes the next morning, cries and swears it will never happen again, But it does, over and over again.
Zyanya loves her husband but she is done being abused. Pathways' helped Zyanya understand her options and helped her return home to the USA.
Her husband was furious she left but has now agreed to get help for the drinking and the violence.
Zyanya is thankful for all of the help Pathways' provided as she works through life back at home while her husband receives treatment.
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