Help Stop Military Family Violence

by Pathways to Safety International
Help Stop Military Family Violence

When Valerie called us from Europe she was scared, exhausted and just wanted to come home. Her abusive husband was in the military. This past year he has become so abusive to Valerie that she began to think he was going to kill her. He strangled her twice over the summer, a significant indicator of potential lethality.

Valerie did not want to go through the military family advocacy program. She was terrified of what her husband would do if he found out she told someone. We helped Valerie purchase an airline ticket and flew her home safely to her grandparents home.

We are providing Valerie with on-going support and counseling. She is doing really well because of donors like you! Thank you for helping us help American victims of domestic violence in the Military abroad.

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Safe at home
Safe at home

Justine, her husband, and their two children lived in Greece where Justine’s husband is assigned to the Crete Navel Base.  Justine was the victim of both verbal and physical abuse from her husband, she has been isolated, keeping this secret from everyone in her life for over five years. Reliant on her husband’s wages, Justine could not imagine how she was going to leave Greece with the children. With no one to turn to Justine finally reported the abuse to an advocate at the Family Advocacy Program, FAP.

FAP contacted AODVC. FAP and AODVC often work together in partnership to be able to provide the best possible outcome for victims of domestic violence in the military.  It is because of your support that AODVC was able to provide Justine and her children with the funds to obtain their needed travel documents, plane tickets back to the US, as well as temporary housing assistance.

We are grateful for your support!

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Brianna & Casey
Brianna & Casey

Aaron and his wife Christine are both stationed at a US base in Japan with their two young daughters Brianna and Casey. Aaron’s relationship with Christine hasn’t always been great, Christine is verbally abusive to Aaron even in public or in front of their daughters. Aaron loves Christine and is trying to work things out for their children, but Christine’s verbal abuse is humiliating for him. When he tries to talk to her about it Christine just becomes angry and disagrees that there is a problem.

Aaron called our hotline on behalf of his daughters. He doesn’t want to turn his daughters against their mother, but he also doesn’t want his daughters to grow up thinking the way she acts and treats other people is okay. Aaron, Brianna and Casey all talk to AODVC counselors regularly. Aaron is processing his next steps.

Thanks to your support we can help Brianna and Casey grow up understanding that violence and verbal abuse is not okay and to understand it is not their fault.

Thank you for your support!

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In 2016 we experienced an increase in victims served overall and an increase in military victims served by 15%.

You donations help us provide critical services to military victims and collaborate with victim advocates on military bases to ensure that victims are receiving the best each program has to offer.

Most of these military victims needed emergency stays in hotels when they needed to immediately escape violence, funds for emergency needs like food and diapers. With the assistance of victim advocates at the bases, our case managers were able to coordinate the issueance of passports and returns home back to the USA.

We are proud of our collaborative efforts with the military to help victims. Thank you so much from AODVC and the 23 victims you helped in 2016! The AODVC Team

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Molly called us from Spain. Her husband is a military officer and became so abusive she has often feared for her life but was afraid to seek help because she thought no one would believe her. In public her husband was charming, gregarious and well liked in the military community.

After one particularly violent episode, Molly called our hotline. She worked with our case manager Fonda for several weeks. Molly, like so many military wives, did not want her husband to lose his job, but she knew she needed to flee to stop the abuse.

In November we were able to get Molly out of Spain and back home to the USA. She is staying with friends and is currenly in counseling.

We can't thank you enough for supporting military wives like Molly. We would not be able to do the work we do without you! The AODVC Team

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Pathways to Safety International

Location: Portland, OR - USA
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Paula Lucas
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