Bethany contacted Pathways via email earlier this year. She was desperate to come home to the US with her daughter Estia. Bethany was exhausted from years of verbal and emotional abuse from her husband. He was never pysically abusive but the insults, demeaning, invalidation of her as a wife, a mother and a woman had eroded away any sense of self-worth.
Our crisis email advocate was able to provide Bethany with emotional support, helping her understand that her husband's treatment of her was not her fault and did not reflect who she was as a person
Slowly Bethany gained confidence, purchased airline tickets and flew home with Estia.
So many times victims just need to be heard, to be validated of their worth, before they can make the decisions necessary to remove themselves from abuse.
Your support of this project made this possible for Bethany and her daughter Estia. And for so many other victims.
Thank you for your generous heart. The Pathways Team
Giselle has been desperately waiting to escape her abuser with her daughter Amber. Travel restrictions and her abuser working from home during the pandemic made it nearly impossible for Giselle to flee back to the USA for safety. As the abuse escalated, Giselle began to think she would never make it home with Amber.
Amber was terrified of her father. She begged Giselle to take her to Nana's and Papy's house back in the USA.
Our email advocate spent much of 2021 and early 2022 communicating with Giselle providing the only life-line of hope available. Finally they were able to formulate a plan to help her and Amber escape the abuse and return to the USA.
Here is part of an email from Giselle: "Without Kate (Pathways victim advocate) I don't know how I would have made it through the past year. Her words of encouagement are all I had left at times. Amber and I are settling back into a "normal" life. I don't have the words to express how thankful I am."
Supporters like you make this work possible. We can't thank you enough for believing in our mission!
Without a doubt 2021 continued to be a challenging year for all of us. The pandemic has spanned almost two years. It 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 78 victims with safety planning, resources and logistics to be able to escape. With borders opening on and off, some victims have been able to escape. But most have not.
Once we pass this pandemic, we are expecting a surge of victims seeking assistance in 2022. As always, Pathways will be available to assist in any way we can.
Thank you and we wish you and your families happiness, health and prosperity as we enter a New Year.
Ava began emailing Pathways this past summer. She was desperate to escape her abuser in Lithuania. Her baby daughter was only months old and her abusive husband began threatening to harm the baby. He had been emotionally and physically abusive to Ava, but she wasn't going to let it happen to her daughter.
Travel was restricted due to covid and she felt there was no hope. A Pathways email advocate was able to provide Ava with much needed information, resources and a safety plan. Over several months, a Pathways' advocate kept in communication with Ava helping her through her crisis.
With financial help of her parents in the USA, and support from Pathways, Ava and her daughter recently escaped and are safely back home.
It's donations like yours that ensure we have ongoing email support and advocacy to victims of violence abroad. Thank you!
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