In 2017 we were able to provide 27 military victims of family violence because of your help. Victims of abuse in military homes often have tremendous obstacles getting to safety. The abuser, often the military member, has so much comtrol over their victims especially in a foreign country.
Here is a quote from one battered American military spouse we assisted last year: "I didn't know if we were going to make it out alive. I will never forget how patient Catalina (one of our case managers) was with me. For months she helped me safety plan, get all of my "ducks in a row" and finally, got me and my son home safely. I will be forever grateful."
We would like to thank you for all of your support and for caring about American military who are experiencing family violence.
In 2017 we are experiencing an increase in cases of battered military spouses reaching out for assistance. While the military has a system for reporting domestic abuse, victims are often afraid to speak to a military family advocate. They are worried that if they detail the abuse to an advocate, the report may go from restricted to unrestriced and the abusive spouse will find out they sought help.
We are able to be the anonymous, confidential refuge that these victims need while they are deciding which course of action they want to take. We often work for weeks and months with a victim before they decide what the best options and outcomes are for them.
If you are thinking of donating again to help abused military spouses this holiday season, please consider making a donation to Maribel to help her get counseling.
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.
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.
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.
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