This past summer we received a desperate email from Victoria. She and her daughter Aurora were being abused in Venezuela by her husband.
And it wasn't just physical and emotional abuse. From the way Aurora would hide and tuck herself into Victoria for safety, and some of the things Aurora said, Victoria suspected he was sexually molesting Aurora.
Victoria had no idea where to even start to be able to escape Venezuela. We worked with Victoria on an escape plan, technology safety, collecting evidence of abuse, obtaining critical personal documents and more.
After two months, the plan was put into motion and Victoria was able to escape back to the USA with Aurora.
This litte family is now safe in the USA with Victoria's parents because of donations like yours that enable Pathways to provide critical support to American victims of abuse abroad. Aurora is enjoying making cookies with her grandmother!
Thank you from Victoria, Aurora and the Pathway's Team
When Anita contacted us earlier this summer she had been trying to escape abuse from her husband in Ireland for over a year. Her daughter Clove was being impacted by witnessing the abuse. She was afraid of her father, especially when he drank alcohol. Anita fearer if Clove grew up in a home with a violent, alcoholic father she would end up choosing the same type of man in her future. She was desperate to get Clove home.
Anita communicated with our crisis email advocate Meg almost daily for several weeks. Meg was able to provide emotional support, safety planning, logistical, legal and child custody information related to fleeing violence in a foreign country and returning home.
Anita was able to speak to an international family law attorney who advised her on the Hague Convention and how it may impact bringing Clove home.
When Anita was ready to escape, Meg helped her put the final steps into place.
Anita and Clove are finally home, away from the abuse and are safely living in a domestic violence shelter. Clove is happy playing with the other children at he shelter and Anita is getting resources in place to help them transitioninto an apartment and into a peaceful life in the USA.
Providing daily support to victims of abuse abroad like Anita and Clove would not be possible without your support.
When Patricia emailed our crisis advocate she didnt think she would ever make it home back to the USA alive.
Her husband had become so controlling and violent she felt she was walking on eggshells every minute of the day. Her son Solomon was afraid of his father. But children develop different coping mechnisms and Solomon began emulating his father's anger outbursts.
Our crisis email advocate was able to offer Patricia guidance, emotional support, explain different options that were available to her and connected her with a domestic violence shelter in the USA she and Solomon could go to once she was able to escape and get back home.
Patricia recently reached out again via email. She and Solomon are safe and living in shelter because of you!
We can't thank you enough! Your donations help victims like Patricia and Solomon every day reach back home to safety!
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