Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Rating: 4.96 stars   45 reviews

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

Location: 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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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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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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I have given to this nonprofit as I am confident in their expertise and believe in their mission. They are able to do remarkable work with few resources.

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This organization has saved the lives of American women and their children that live overseas and are victims of domestic violence. There is no organization that does this as their mission, so it is important to support the incredible work they do.

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This is a unique organization - the only one in the world like it. It is the only resource for Americans living overseas who are being abused by a significant partner. This organization gives safety training, provides legal services and sometimes relocation services to those being abused.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

we gave Paula her first laptop computer so that she could begin her organization - we have seen it grow and expand over the years.

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

get them much needed funding so they may continue their great work

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching it grow and get some of the recognition it deserves

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated to9 helping these women who are in desperate need

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world and help educate men and women about domestic violence and put an end to this kind of abuse.

Ways to make it better...

they need funding to assist the ever growing number of clients

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

Paula and her staff are so dedicated to their mission

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

In the 1960's, I lived in Latin America for 5 years. During my stay, I met, on more than one occasion, American women with children who were desperate to be counseled on how to move through this point in their lives. To be able to reach out and find such a resource is reassuring. To be helped by it, is empowering.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing them receive top recognition by the Dept of Justice and Eric Holder, Attorney General during Americans Overseas Month.

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

work to "get the word out" about their mission and volunteer opportunities.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

rejoicing with them in receiving top recognition by the Dept of Justice and Atty General Eric Holder during Americans Overseas Week.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated to their mission of providing resources for American Women living verseas in domestic violence crises.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

grow unfettered!

Ways to make it better...

life were perfect and they had all the resources they could possibly need. And we all know that life isn't perfect; that this is as good as it gets!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the word out from recruiting and training crisis line volunteers to advertising its resources overseas.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this group deserves our support. It provides a much needed resource for unseen and unheard American women living abroad in domestic violence situations.

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About every month

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2010-5-01

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The American Domestic Violence Crisis Line is representative of what outstanding nonprofits can achieve. They have opened my eyes to the far reaches of abuse and what can be done about it through their outreach services. I will be a lifetime donor.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

receiving their updates online.

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2009-12-01

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