Greta first began emailing our crisis email in January. She and her baby are living in Germany with her husband. Her husband's abuse includes insults, threats and physical violence and is becoming intolerable.
With the pandemic locking down borders Greta was worried she would not make it home alive with her baby. A Pathways' advocate did extensive safety planning via email with Greta to keep them safer until travel back to the USA was possible and when it was safe for her to try to escape.
With the help of Greta's family, a plan is in place to have Greta back home safely by the end of March.
Without your donations we would not be able to provide the long term safety planning, advocacy and emotional support to American victims suffering with abuse abroad. A horrible situation that has been exacerbated by the pandemic.
Without a doubt, 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. The pandemic has changed the way we work, how we live, how our children go to school, kept us in isolation and often plunged us into financial hardship.
For battered American women & children abroad isolation at home with the abuser, abuse has increased an estimated 20%-50%. Providing support is difficult with the majority of support being conducted via email.
Despite all the obstacles, because of donations like yours, we have still had some good outcomes this year. Pathways advocates are still available via email and we have successfully assisted victims with safety planning, resources and logistics to be able to escape. But most are still stuck abroad, and we will continue to do what we can to support them.
With covid vaccines on the horizon we are expecting a surge of victims seeking assistance in the coming months.
We hope you will consider another donation before the end of the year to provide funds to meet the coming surge in 2021. And if not, we understand. This year has been hard on everyone.
Thank you and we wish you and your families happiness, health and prosperity as we enter a New Year.
Stephanie emailed the crisis email for Pathways from Switzerland. She had suffered from the abuse of her husband for a long time. He always apologized after becoming violent so she kept hoping he would change.
He was yelling and screaming at Benjamin one night and slapped him. Stephanie has had enough and needed to get home.
Stephanie faced many obstacles but covid travel restrictions made safety planning for her escape back home very challenging.
One of our advocates worked with Stephanie for several weeks mapping out steps for their safety.
Finally, Stephanie arrived back to the USA with Benjamin. They are safe and Stephanie is so grateful to be away from the violence.
Without donors like you such intensive safety planning enabling victims to return home to safety would not be possible.
Issy emailed us from Serbia desperate for help. She needed to get herself and her son Greyson back home to the USA. She had been planning to flee the abuse of her husband while she was pregnant but she could not find a safe opportunity to escape.
Then covid struck. We were able to provide Issy with safety planning and resources. Her husband was extremely violent so our Pathways advocate had to be very careful to ensure Issy's communications with her were secure.
Issy & Greyson are back in the USA after a very stressful escape and trip back. But they are safe because of donations like yours that support our program.
We thank you for your continuing belief in our mission! The Pathways Team.
When Kelsey emailed Pathways in March she was desperate to escape her abusive husband in France and flee back home to the USA with her son Toban.
Kelsey had tried everything to make her marriage work but her husband's abuse increased from verbal insults to screaming to pushing & shoving her. Small things like forgetting to pickup drycleaning could mean a night of violence for Kelsey.
We worked with Kelsey on a safety plan and a timeline for her escape and the various steps she must take to reach the USA safely. Her escape was further complicated by the current covid-19 travel restrictions.
After six weeks Kelsey successfully arrived in the USA with Toban. She is currently living in a domestic violence shelter as she re-establishes her life back home with Toban.
The valuable donations we receive for this project enable battered American women & their children like Kelsey & Toban to return to the USA to safety.
Thank you for your generosity! The Pathways' Team.
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