Help Stop Military Family Violence

by Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center
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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

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.

In 2015 we helped more than 20 military victims experiencing domestic violence overseas. Without support like yours this would have not been possible.

Domestic violence in military families are especially challenging. Here is a note from one survivor we assisted:

"I was so afraid to tell anyone on the base, even the family advocates. He had strangled me and I knew if I told anyone in Germany, the next time he would kill me. Working with Katie over the phone helped me make some very difficult decisions. My son and I are safe now but I would not have been able to get home safely without you. I don't know how I can ever thank you enough."

We would like to sincerely thank you for your help! The AODVC Team

 

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Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.866uswomen.org
Project Leader:
Paula Lucas
Founder
Portland, OR United States
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