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
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
Rebecca moved with her military spouse last year to Bahrain. As time went on he became more and more abusive - calling her names and insulting her. Then he began to get physically violent - pushing her and hitting the wall next to her head. Rebecca was afraid to tell anyone in the military for fear the abuse would get worse. She was also afraid her husband would lose his job.
After working with one of our case managers for several weeks, Rebecca decided that she needed to return home to the USA for safety. Here is a note from Rebecca:
"I was so confused. I love my husband but I can't accept the abuse. I can't thank you enough for helping me through the most difficult time of my life."
We want to thank you for helping us help stop military family violence abroad. The AODVC Team
Christine was stationed in Italy with her husband and daughter Isabella. Her husband was a high ranking officer in the military and Christine was afraid to go to the family advocacy program at the base. Her husband had strangled her and she knew that was an indicator of lethality.
Christine worked with one of our case managers for several weeks considering all of her options and possible outcomes. When Christine decided to report to the base, a military family advocate and one of our case managers co-case managed to ensure all services offered by the military and AODVC were accessed and coordinated.
Christine and her daughter Isabella are now safe back in the USA after a very difficult transition. It is because of donors like you that we are able to assist American military members fleeing domestic violence abroad! Thank you so much! The AODVC Team
When Stacy called us she was distraught. She was a military spouse in Germany. Despite counseling and numerous appologies from her husband after violent episodes, the abuse continued. The week before she contacted us her husband had strangled her. She just couldn't take it anymore.
We worked with Stacy for several weeks helping her consider her options and outcomes. Stacy decided to report the violence to the advocates in the military and took the steps she felt she needed to be safe. Stacy is home now in the USA because of donors like you. She is getting counseling and taking some time to take care of herself. Stacy is strong and hopes to help other military spouses experiencing domestic violence once she gets her life re-established.
Thank you so very much for helping Stacy! The AODVC Team.
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