Americans abused abroad are faced with difficult legal issues, including protracted international custody cases, restraining orders, and may be served a Hague petition for international child abduction. If a survivor is served with a Hague petition, she is not eligible to receive foreign and/or US government provided legal assistance although the abuser is. Without adequate legal assistance, the survivor and/or her children risk being forced to return to the foreign country with the abuser.
AODVC assists survivors in locating experienced international family law attorneys and provides survivors with up to $1,000 in financial assistance.
A survivor will have proper legal representation to help prevent the survivor and the children from being returned, either together or alone, to an abusive situation.