Providing domestic violence and child abuse services to American women and children overseas

Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center
And the Sexual Assault Support & Help For Americans Abroad Program, SASHAA.

Due to a temporary gap in funding, the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center, AODVC, and our Sexual Assault Support & Help For Americans Abroad Program, SASHAA, do not have the resources to provide cash assistance for emergency needs, housing, danger to safety relocation, counseling or legal assistance.

The international hotline, 866-USWOMEN, will continue to be answered by advocates 24 hours a day/7 days a week, providing emotional support, safety planning, lethality assessment and referrals to other resources. It may also take longer than 24 hours to respond to emails. Our live chat will not be available until further notice. Case management services will also be limited until further notice.

We understand how difficult this is in a time of crisis and we will restore full services as soon as financially possible.

15th Anniscapery

15th Anniscapery

On the 15th anniversary of the escape of Founder & Executive Director, Paula Lucas, with her three children, we are virtually re-creating their 10,000 mile escape from life threatening abuse from her ex-husband in Dubai to Portland, Oregon, USA
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For the third year in a row we have been selected as one of the 100 Best Nonprofits To Work For In Oregon 2013
We are excited and honored to be chosen once again for this honor! Thank you to all of our staff, volunteers, donors & funders for your on-going support of our mission!

Harvesting Stones, An American woman's international journey of survival

The memoir of Paula Lucas, our Founder & Executive Director, was released by Summertime Publishing in October 2013. A must read for women living and traveling overseas.

To read the first chapter for free go to:

Available on Amazon

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Our 2012 Annual Report is now available
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SASHAA Program

AODVC, in response to demand and requests from victims around the world, have launched our SASHAA, Sexual Assault Support and Help For Americans Abroad Program.

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We are seeking corporate sponsors to sustain the program. Please contact us at 503 203-1444 or email to find out more about sponsoring SASHAA.

ASHA Partnership - Assistance and Help Abroad - Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Support for Employers Who Care About Their American Expatriate Employees & their families
The Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center is here to support your American expat employees.
For more information on joining the ASHA Partnership email Debra at

Our National ProBono Lawyer Network donated over $300,000 in legal retainers and representation of victims in the first six months of 2013. Our volunteer lawyers are phenomenal!

Global Campaign To Empower Americans Abused Abroad 2014
Thank you to participants worldwide for attending our 2013 Global Campaign webinars! Keep an eye on this space for more information about our 2014 Global Campaign! 

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