Rebecca was recently able to escape Bulgaria with her two children and return to the USA. They are able to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with Rebecca's family, safe, happy and free from harm. Rebecca is so grateful that her children can play outside and have fun and not be afraid when they come back in the house because their father would be there. Sometimes he would be nice, other times, his rage would leave bruises on their small bodies.
We are thankful to your donations to our program that help rescue women like Rebecca and her two children.
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By the end of September, our crisis center had already received 2,401 incoming crisis calls for the year, more than we received for 2011 and we have three more months left until the end of the year. This means calls will increase at least 25% over the previous 2011 with an estimated 525 women served by the end of the year.
Your donations help to ensure that our crisis center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support victims in terrible situations.
Here are some quotes from our callers:
"I still feel lucky to be safe and every day I feel a little stronger."
"I took a walk on the beach today and thanked God for leading me to you."
"I am finally sleeping through the night not having to worry my ex waking me up with a knife to my throat. You saved my life and I don't know how to thank you enough."
Your donations help transform victims into survivors. Thank you!
During the first 6 months of 2012, the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center has helped 254 survivors of domestic violence. We have received 1,101 crisis communications from 44 countries worldwide and provided the following services:
7 Danger to Safety Relocations
14 Legal Consultations
3 Legal Retainers
6 Counseling Services
13 Emergency Assistance and Basic Needs
We received the following quote from Sally who was living in Uzbekistan,
“I was fearful for my life on a daily basis. I never thought I would be able to escape the horrific abuse until I called the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center. Because of them, I was able to escape and I am now living a life free from violence.”
It was because of your support that we were able to help Sally and the 253 other victims that contacted us this year. Thank you for your donations!
As Mother’s Day is fast approaching, let’s take a moment to honor all the mothers in world. They give life, love, and support. One of the biggest crimes against humanity is abusing these incredible women. This Mother’s Day, please make a donation to mothers that are victims of domestic violence worldwide.
Since January 1, 2012, AODVC received 589 crisis calls and helped 77 mothers in violent and dangerous situations, providing case management, safety planning, danger to safety relocations, counseling, and legal assistance. Your donation can help a mother escape from violence overseas and rebuild her life, and the lives of her children, in a healthy, happy environment.
AODVC's Lead Case Manager received the following in an email from a victim in Rome,
“Thank you so much for all your help in my escape with my children. We would never have been able to leave without your thorough safety plan and legal assistance."
Please give to a mother and children who are victims of domestic violence. Your donation will make a difference.
The first quarter of this year has been extremely busy. The phones are ringing off the hook and our case managers and international advocates are working tirelessly providing safety planning, advocacy, case management and connecting survivors with legal resources and counseling. Since January 1st, 2012, AODVC has received 325 crisis communications serving a total of 56 victims of domestic violence. In the past 10 years we have received 13,500 crisis calls, emails & live chats, serving 2,904 victims of domestic violence in the Americans overseas community.
In addition to crisis management, AODVC conducted outreach in Istanbul, Turkey, Diyarbakir, Turkey, and Rome, Italy during the first quarter of 2012. We connected with US Embassies, local women’s organizations, and American women’s clubs overseas.
As our outreach is translating into an increase in crisis calls, please donate to AODVC today to help a victim of domestic violence and their children escape horrific abuse. Thank you for your support.
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