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Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Rating: 4.88 stars   52 reviews 3,773

Nonprofit Issues:

Civil Rights, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Crime & Law, Women

Address:

PO Box 25007 Portland OR 97298 USA

Mission:

The Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center works with abused Americans and their children in foreign countries to provide domestic violence andchild abuse advocacy, resources and tools so that they can navigate thecomplicated jurisdictional, legal & social international landscapes,to be able to live their lives free of abuse either in the foreign countryor back in the United States. This is achieved via an international tollfree crisis line, 866-USWOMEN, accessible from 175 countries, servinga population estimated at 5.25 million American civilians overseas.

Results:

In the past 10 years, 2001-2011, we have received 13,175 crisis calls, emails & live chats. We helped 2,848 Americans callers, mostly women, in 101 countries. We have provided "Flights to Freedom" for 81 families, provided 49 legal consultations and paid 24 legal retainers to enable battered mothers to file for custody of their children. We have also provided 62 families with funds for emergency needs and provided counseling services to 56 families.

Target demographics:

Americans overseas civilian population estimated at 6 million and military personnel and their families estimated at 1 million

Direct beneficiaries per year:

500 families

Geographic areas served:

Worldwide

Programs:

The organization provides a lifeline of hope to American victims of domestic violence and sexual assault that live and travel overseas. Through our international,toll-free crisis line (accessible from 175 countries) we serve the approximately 7million Americans living abroad and 68 million who travel abroad annually. We help these populations navigate the complicated jurisdictional,legal, and social landscapes,the services we provide include danger to safety planning, relocation assistance, legal consultation, assistance with housing, and professional counseling.

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Reviews for Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Rating: 5 stars  

As a long serving director of non-profit programs throughout the world, it has been extremely gratifying to learn of the absolutely amazing work of this organization. AODVCC is composed of caring and committed persons who provide unique services to those in need of urgent help.
Americans abroad encompass a vast amount of people including students, tourists, students and military. To cover this population, AODVCC has established an outreach program of professional services that are unique and meet the variety of emergency situations encountered by these mostly women and families. Their services are delivered in a most professional and sensitive way by a most amazing staff. Please continue to support their efforts.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering with Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center during the summer of 2015 through a serving learning requirement for school.

Being a domestic violence/sexual assault survivor myself was the driving force behind me choosing this organization to fulfill my service learning requirement. Upon meeting with the ladies of this organization, I knew instantly that the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Women's Crisis Center was an organization that I wanted to continue to volunteer with once I completed my service learning requirement.

Besides the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Women's Crisis Center being a great cause and worthy of all the praises given, the level of love, dedication and concern that the ladies provide to the clients is simply amazing. I couldn't have chosen a better organization to volunteer with.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I think that there is a great need for organizations like Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center! What with so many documented abuses going on right here in the US, I am so glad that there is an avenue for women (mostly) living in foreign countries, to contact should they be in such a terrible situation.

Many of the Middle Eastern countries show little outward respect for women's rights as we enjoy in the US! I can't help but believe that without anywhere for US female citizens to turn to while living in such situations in these countries, there would probably be more extreme abuse or even death! Thank goodness for this well-run organization helping so many literally escape such horrible situations.

This organization has the blessing of many others in the community of crisis and aide to those caught in these conditions. For several years, AODVCC has received the award for one of the best nonprofit organizations in Oregon. When individuals see the value of such an organization, and then donate to it, it affirms it's mission. It affirms the need for it's place in a world so distraught with many just trying to survive, let alone survive with an abuser!

World peace is, of course, a concept that many hope will happen in the future. However, until and if that ever does happen, it is a blessing to have such a well-versed, finely-tuned outreach organization like AODVCC there for those who truly need it. God bless this organization for it's mission of well-being and ability to reach out to those in need for their very own safety and possibly even their lives!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization just placed in the top 100 Best Non-Profits to work for in Oregon for the 5th year in a row. They have been in operation since 1999 and have grown into a globally respected program. Hats off to the amazing folks that run this organization. You go above and beyond in your mission.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is the only one of its kind. They serve both American civilian population overseas, 6.3 million people, plus the American military overseas, over 1 million. They are doing amazing work!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I started out with AODVC as a volunteer several years ago and am honored to now serve on the Board. The founder is a survivor with true grit and determination to help others in similar situations, and the staff are dedicated professionals who go above and beyond to help clients, who are usually overwhelmed by the challenges of dealing with domestic violence or sexual assault so far away from home. This is the only organization offering these case management services!

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

As a victim of domestic violence, I summoned the courage to leave my home with my 2 year old child. I had no job, little money, a car, some toys, and a very selfless female friend who sheltered us for months until I could get back on my feet. AODVCC is such a great organization, offering resources when someone is at a very vulnerable and low point. I was in the U.S. when it happened to us. I cannot imagine what it must be like for women and their families who are in a foreign country. A place where they may not speak the language, hold little or no currency, don't understand the laws, and need papers to leave. AODVCC is that resource. I was lucky to have a friend who held a hand out to us. AODVCC is that friendly place women can go for help.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I take back everything i said about this organization. They need to be investigated.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is truly an amazing organization that makes it possible for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault overseas to be heard and to receive help. These victims often fall through the cracks due to the lack of support and resources available while living abroad. For many of these victims, this organization is their only hope. I am proud to work for such a passionate and dedicated team.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

AODVC has been a God-send since my children and I first left to a domestic violence shelter in Europe. They have provided support in finding help, contacts, and guidance overseas as well as in the USA. AODVC has written letters and amicus briefs to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights for our case to help secure Interim Measures of protection. We would not have survived this far if it had not been for the good people at AODVC who have been unwaveringly there for us when there is no one else to help Americans overseas but AODVC. There are no words to describe these amazing people and how grateful I am for being there for us for services that were necessary for our life-threatening situation and were not provided anywhere else.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

A truly amazing team of professionals that make a global crisis line and ongoing advocacy possible. It is so empowering to see AODVC continue to expand their services world wide and be available to so many more that desperately need an advocate.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Since this is the ONLY organization on the planet that does what it does, it deserves recognition. Americans who live overseas rarely have resources to leave a domestic violence situation - this organization gives them safety planning and other resources to get them to safety and sometimes are able to return them to the US. Many people believe the Embassy's take care of these issues but that is not necessarily the case. AODVCC also educate people here about the risks of leaving American soil. I certainly know what it is like to have a family member in a violent home thousands of miles from the US - there is a sense of helplessness and hopelessness - with AODVCC there is HOPE and HELP!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

When an American leaves America, she is basically on her own. If this American lives with an American or foreign boyfriend or spouse, she is basically on her own. If this American is being abused by her American or foreign boyfriend or spouse, she is basically on her own. There are few resources to assist in foreign countries. There is ONLY ONE organization that assists worldwide, and that is the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center.
There was NO assistance when the founder of this organization needed help. There was no one to advise her of her options when the founder needed that advice - not even her family could help. When she finally escaped a foreign country on her own, Paula decided to do something that had never been done before - help other American women and children who faced similar circumstances to her own. This organization is a Godsend to Americans everywhere. They inform the victim on many fronts and are sometimes able to get them home. They do this with little funding and careful planning and budgeting. Any financial help to this organization would be appreciated.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

.....make annual funding available from our Government and businesses and wealthy folks who have more money than they know what do do with.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I was abused by a former boyfriend many years ago - fortunately, I lived in the United States where there are services available in most cities. The founder of AODVCC had NO resources in the foreign country where she lived, even after going to the US Embassy nearby. She had to figure out a way to leave the country with three small boys and hope she could make it to safety before her then husband found out she was gone. With just enough money to get her to a relatives home, it took three days for her to arrive safely with her children in tow. Finding that she would have to fight in the court system to keep her children in the US, she decided to start the WORLD's ONLY organization that assists abused women and children (and men too) who live in foreign countries. They assist with the vital information the abused person needs to try to survive until they can leave their abuser. They assist with pro bono services once they arrive back in the US and sometimes temporary housing. The ONLY place where someone can get ALL the services they need - like one-stop-shopping! Kudos to this wonderful woman who has managed to provide vital, lifesaving services to Americans all over the world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them more money so they can continue their vital work!!!!!

Was your donation impactful?

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

The founder of this organization tried to return to the US with 3 small children and was surprised to learn that her resources were non-existent. On her own, she figured out how to leave their abuser and come home to the US. Here, she also found that resources were limited, and for some services, non-existent. So, she decided to change all that - starting with a laptop purchased by a family member for her, she started a web presence, and a few years later was able to start a toll free crisis line that would be available from 175 countries. All this was done on a shoestring budget - today, with some government funding their services have increased, but at the same time, with outreach, their hopeful client base has increased almost exponentially. Continuuing funding is required for this organization to assist those in need.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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