AVDA - TX

AVDA - TX AVDA provides legal representation, battering intervention and prevention, community education, and counseling. Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse is a private non-profit (501)(c)(3) organization that has been serving families trapped in the cycle of family violence since 1980.
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Only AVDA works to break this cycle by intervening with both the victim and the abuser. AVDA operates two direct-service programs unique to Harris County. The Legal Advocacy Program offers free legal representation for adults and children trapped in abusive intimate-partner or family relationships and the nationally recognized Battering Intervention and Prevention Program provides specialized psycho-educational counseling which enables batterers to recognize, accept responsibility for and end their abusive behavior. Disclaimer: This page is not monitored 24/7, and is solely for informational purposes, if you are requesting/inquiring about our services, call our main number to speak with trained staff. Posting on a public page may compromise your confidentiality and privacy. If you require immediate assistance, please call 911. The following have crisis counselors available 24 hours/7 days a week to assist:

Si necesitas ayuda inmediata, por favor llame al 911. Consejeros de crisis están disponible 24horas/7 días a la semana aquí:

Crisis Hotline: (713) HOTLINE / (713) 468-5463 Español: (713) 526-8088
MHMRA: (713) 970-7000
National Domestic Violence Help Line: (1-800-799-SAFE)

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04/19/2021
Safety Planning for #NCVRW2021

The most dangerous time for anyone surviving family violence is as she/he is leaving or right after leaving the abusive relationship. Safety planning saves lives! Watch AVDA’s video to learn more.

It’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. AVDA has helped thousands of victims of domestic abuse begin new lives. Safety planning is often the first step. Call us at 713-224-9911 or visit https://avda-tx.org/victim-advocacy/

This week we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week! For more than 40 years, AVDA (...
04/18/2021

This week we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week! For more than 40 years, AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) has represented survivors in family court to help them get the justice they deserve. If you are in an abusive relationship, AVDA is here to help with free safety planning, trauma counseling and legal representation. Visit www.avda.org
#NCVRW2021

This week we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week! For more than 40 years, AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) has represented survivors in family court to help them get the justice they deserve. If you are in an abusive relationship, AVDA is here to help with free safety planning, trauma counseling and legal representation. Visit www.avda.org
#NCVRW2021

The 40th anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is next week! It is a time to renew our commitment to servin...
04/16/2021

The 40th anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is next week! It is a time to renew our commitment to serving all victims of crime, to acknowledge the achievements in victim services and allied professions, and to remember crime victims and survivors.

AVDA works every day to protect the rights of survivors of domestic violence in family court. Find out more at www.avda.org
#NCVRW2021
#EndAbuse
#AVDA

The 40th anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is next week! It is a time to renew our commitment to serving all victims of crime, to acknowledge the achievements in victim services and allied professions, and to remember crime victims and survivors.

AVDA works every day to protect the rights of survivors of domestic violence in family court. Find out more at www.avda.org
#NCVRW2021
#EndAbuse
#AVDA

Today the City of Friendswood - Government and the Friendswood Police Department kicked off National Crime Victims’ Righ...
04/14/2021

Today the City of Friendswood - Government and the Friendswood Police Department kicked off National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with a proclamation by Mayor Mike Foreman. We were honored to participate as one of the partner agencies helping support victims of domestic violence.

Throughout our 40-year history, we have worked closely with the criminal justice system with the common goal of protecting victims of family violence. Visit www.avda.org for more information.

Today the City of Friendswood - Government and the Friendswood Police Department kicked off National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with a proclamation by Mayor Mike Foreman. We were honored to participate as one of the partner agencies helping support victims of domestic violence.

Throughout our 40-year history, we have worked closely with the criminal justice system with the common goal of protecting victims of family violence. Visit www.avda.org for more information.

Join us for "Law Enforcement: Building Trust and Advancing Partnerships to Protect Victims" at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Apri...
04/07/2021

Join us for "Law Enforcement: Building Trust and Advancing Partnerships to Protect Victims" at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2021. Please register at https://buff.ly/31TxBlE

Calls for changes in policing have been on the rise nationally. Houston Police Department’s family violence victim services can serve as a model for community policing. Join us as keynote speaker HPD Lieutenant Julie Pleasant of Victim Services, Criminal Investigations Command, shares how her team builds trust with victims and collaborates with partners like AVDA in transforming lives, followed by a panel discussion with Fort Bend County Assistant District Attorney Chad Bridges; Domestic Violence High Risk Team Coordinator Alicia Nuzzie; and AVDA CEO Maisha Colter, moderated by Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council Executive Director Barbie Brashear.

Presented by HCDVCC and AVDA. #NCVRW2021

Join us for "Law Enforcement: Building Trust and Advancing Partnerships to Protect Victims" at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2021. Please register at https://buff.ly/31TxBlE

Calls for changes in policing have been on the rise nationally. Houston Police Department’s family violence victim services can serve as a model for community policing. Join us as keynote speaker HPD Lieutenant Julie Pleasant of Victim Services, Criminal Investigations Command, shares how her team builds trust with victims and collaborates with partners like AVDA in transforming lives, followed by a panel discussion with Fort Bend County Assistant District Attorney Chad Bridges; Domestic Violence High Risk Team Coordinator Alicia Nuzzie; and AVDA CEO Maisha Colter, moderated by Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council Executive Director Barbie Brashear.

Presented by HCDVCC and AVDA. #NCVRW2021

These wonderful women of #SureMerciesMinistries dropped by the AVDA offices earlier this week to surprise us with gift c...
04/02/2021

These wonderful women of #SureMerciesMinistries dropped by the AVDA offices earlier this week to surprise us with gift cards for our clients--just in time for Easter! Thank you for this heartfelt donation to help survivors #BeginAgain. Happy Easter!

These wonderful women of #SureMerciesMinistries dropped by the AVDA offices earlier this week to surprise us with gift cards for our clients--just in time for Easter! Thank you for this heartfelt donation to help survivors #BeginAgain. Happy Easter!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Unfortunately, sexual violence is common. It is any sexual activity when consen...
04/01/2021

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Unfortunately, sexual violence is common. It is any sexual activity when consent is not obtained or not freely given. It is a spectrum of behaviors including r**e and sexual harassment.1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience sexual violence involving physical contact during their lifetimes.
AVDA is here to help. Call 713-224-9911.

Yesterday AVDA CEO Maisha Colter joined our partner domestic violence service providers at Congresswoman Sheila Jackson ...
03/26/2021

Yesterday AVDA CEO Maisha Colter joined our partner domestic violence service providers at Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s announcement of the House passage of the federal Violence Against Women Act and the challenge for its final passage by the Senate. We need #VAWA now!
#EndAbuse

03/26/2021

Our hearts are still heavy with the senseless violence and loss of life in one week's time. Violence begets violence. We continue to stand against ALL forms of violence and remain committed to ending domestic abuse in the Greater Houston area. #EndAbuse #BeginAgain

We are looking forward to hosting this important forum with Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, featur...
03/25/2021

We are looking forward to hosting this important forum with Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, featuring Houston Police Department Lieutenant Julie Pleasant.

In recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, we have partnered with AVDA - TX to bring you a great panel discussion. Registration is FREE and we would love to see you there! Click the link below to register.

Please share this event on your social media.

Thank you!

https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/AidtoVictimsofDomesticAbuse/NCVRWForum.html

From resource fairs to virtual presentations, AVDA's Community Awareness and Prevention Program reached 14,166 youth and...
03/19/2021

From resource fairs to virtual presentations, AVDA's Community Awareness and Prevention Program reached 14,166 youth and adults in 2020. More at https://avda-tx.org/outreach/

AVDA's Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) facilitators didn't miss a beat in 2020 and continued to mee...
03/18/2021

AVDA's Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) facilitators didn't miss a beat in 2020 and continued to meet with their groups virtually. Now anyone around the world can join one of our BIPP groups--and they do! More at https://buff.ly/2Wb3SzM

Today is the last day you can vote for Chef Lena Le in the Bon Appetit Favorite Chef competition! She’s first in her gro...
03/17/2021

Today is the last day you can vote for Chef Lena Le in the Bon Appetit Favorite Chef competition! She’s first in her group so let’s help get her to the finish line and vote today at favchef.com/2021/lena-le

In 2020, AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) transitioned to the virtual environment and never paused in its service...
03/15/2021

In 2020, AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) transitioned to the virtual environment and never paused in its services to survivors of domestic abuse. In fact, we served more survivors than in 2019. If you or someone you know needs help, please call 713-224-9911.

Have you voted for Chef Lena today? Chef Lena Trang advanced to top 5 of her group and your vote will help her get to Qu...
03/11/2021

Have you voted for Chef Lena today? Chef Lena Trang advanced to top 5 of her group and your vote will help her get to Quarter-Final! Help her keep her top spot so she can use a portion of her winnings to support AVDA’s mission to end abuse. You can vote once everyday for free at favchef.com/2021/lena-le

Wow! In an hour, the panel for "A Pandemic Within a Pandemic: Discussing Domestic Violence During COVID-19," organized b...
03/10/2021

Wow! In an hour, the panel for "A Pandemic Within a Pandemic: Discussing Domestic Violence During COVID-19," organized by HYLA - Houston Young Lawyers Association's Generation Generosity Committee, covered everything from the intricacies of protective orders during the pandemic to meeting victims where they are. Thanks for including AVDA CEO Maisha Colter!

AVDA, Daya Houston, The Women's Home, and the Harris County Domestic Relations Office thank Olga Trujillo for sharing he...
03/09/2021

AVDA, Daya Houston, The Women's Home, and the Harris County Domestic Relations Office thank Olga Trujillo for sharing her expertise with Houston's domestic violence advocacy community yesterday! An attorney, author, speaker, and survivor of domestic violence and child abuse, Olga engaged us in an in-depth look at a healing-centered and culturally responsive approach to supporting survivors, as well as a discussion on Dissociative Identity Disorder. Olga, you are amazing! Olga Trujillo Consulting

Join AVDA CEO Maisha Colter for Houston Young Lawyers Association’s panel discussion "A Pandemic Within a Pandemic" on M...
03/08/2021

Join AVDA CEO Maisha Colter for Houston Young Lawyers Association’s panel discussion "A Pandemic Within a Pandemic" on March 10, at 12:30 p.m.

It is International Women's Day! Today we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. ...
03/08/2021

It is International Women's Day! Today we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. We can all #ChooseToChallenge and call out gender bias and inequality. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.
#IWD2021

Join us on March 3, at 2 p.m. for "What Parents Need to Know about Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Abuse" at the Astro...
03/02/2021

Join us on March 3, at 2 p.m. for "What Parents Need to Know about Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Abuse" at the Astros Youth Academy, 2801 Victory Drive. We will share important information on healthy relationship skills and answer your questions. Please RSVP at https://buff.ly/3pMGhni

Living through a pandemic—with an arctic storm of historic proportions on top of that—is stressful for anyone and everyo...
02/27/2021

Living through a pandemic—with an arctic storm of historic proportions on top of that—is stressful for anyone and everyone. The additional challenges of isolation and financial strain faced by survivors of domestic violence during these unprecedented times also extend to teens and young adults in abusive dating relationships. #KnowYourWorth Read more at AVDA's blog: https://buff.ly/3uBlqXP

#loveisrespect
#AVDA
#TDVAM

Chef Lena Le is so close to the opportunity of a lifetime, and we need YOUR help to make the Top 15 cutoff! Voting for t...
02/25/2021

Chef Lena Le is so close to the opportunity of a lifetime, and we need YOUR help to make the Top 15 cutoff! Voting for the Top 15 closes tonight at 6PM PST SHARP, so make sure to get your votes in early! Help Chef Lena Le support AVDA in a big way! The winning prize of $20,000 and a feature in Bon Appetit magazine are all on the line. As part of her commitment to our work, she’s giving $10,000 to AVDA if she wins! Vote for Lena now at https://favchef.com/2021/lena-le! #bonappetit #endabuse #favoritechef

The #1Thing that AVDA wants to share this #TDVAM is to #KnowYourWorth! All relationships exist on a spectrum from health...
02/25/2021

The #1Thing that AVDA wants to share this #TDVAM is to #KnowYourWorth! All relationships exist on a spectrum from healthy to abusive--with unhealthy relationships somewhere in the middle. This Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, let teens know that everyone deserves love and healthy relationships. Learn more: https://buff.ly/39wWFU7 Love is respect

AVDA provides protective orders and trauma counseling for those surviving abusive dating relationships in the Greater Houston area. Call us at 713-224-9911.

Tomorrow's first AVDA Community Talk at the Astros Youth Academy has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3. ...
02/23/2021

Tomorrow's first AVDA Community Talk at the Astros Youth Academy has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3. In "What Parents Need to Know about Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Abuse," AVDA Prevention and Education Manager John Reyes will cover types and warning signs of domestic abuse; how to help someone surviving abuse; teen dating violence; and healthy relationship skills. Please RSVP at https://buff.ly/3pMGhni

Help Chef Lena Le support AVDA in a big way! Lena, a Young Friends of AVDA member, has been selected to join the Bon Ape...
02/22/2021

Help Chef Lena Le support AVDA in a big way! Lena, a Young Friends of AVDA member, has been selected to join the Bon Apetit competition “Favorite Chef” with a winning prize of $50,000 and a feature in Bon Appetit magazine. On top of being a talented chef, she is committed to ending the cycle of family violence and supports AVDA’s mission. And, as part of her commitment to our work, she’s giving $25,000 to AVDA if she wins! For the last 4 years, Lena has worked her way through the culinary world from a dish washer to working for restaurants owned by Michelin starred Chefs like Bludorn (one of the most innovative restaurants in Houston). She now owns her own private chef business, OMG kitchen, and soon you can watch her cook up some amazing Vietnamese dishes on the hbomax show Hous of Ho. You can vote every day (1 free vote a day) at favchef.com/2021/lena-le and vote for Lena! #bonappetit #endabuse #favoritechef

Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost tr...
02/21/2021

Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and AVDA is joining Love is respect this year to promote self-empowerment & healthy relationships. Everyone is deserving of a healthy, loving relationship! #KnowYourWorth #TDVAM #AVDA #EndAbuse

Join us for the first of a series of AVDA Community Talks at the Astros Youth Academy. In "What Parents Need to Know abo...
02/20/2021

Join us for the first of a series of AVDA Community Talks at the Astros Youth Academy. In "What Parents Need to Know about Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Abuse," AVDA Prevention and Education ManagerJohn Reyes will cover types and warning signs of domestic abuse; how to help someone surviving abuse; teen dating violence; and healthy relationship skills. RSVP at https://buff.ly/3aCwETX

AVDA is here to help survivors of family violence get the free legal representation they deserve in Austin, Fort Bend, G...
02/19/2021

AVDA is here to help survivors of family violence get the free legal representation they deserve in Austin, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Waller and Washington counties. Call us at 713-224-9911 or visit avda.org.

AVDA is open and serving clients remotely on Monday, February 15. #AVDA #EndAbuse
02/15/2021

AVDA is open and serving clients remotely on Monday, February 15. #AVDA #EndAbuse

02/12/2021

With young professionals across all industries, the Young Friends of AVDA is a great place to grow your philanthropic interests and network with a diverse group of individuals! Want to meet people in real estate, finance, health, retail, hospitality? Well visit avda-tx.org/youngfriends and become a member today! Our members cover those industries and MORE!

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (#TDVAM). AVDA teaches teens about healthy relationships and how to hel...
02/11/2021

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (#TDVAM). AVDA teaches teens about healthy relationships and how to help a friend in an abusive relationship. Check out our programs at https://avda-tx.org/youth-prevention/

We highly recommend Love is respect for concerns about dating. Text “LOVEIS” to 22522 to speak to an advocate.

#KnowYourWorth
#loveisrespect
#AVDA
#EndAbuse

From donating and wrapping toys for AVDA’s clients’ families to virtual trivia nights with cocktail and cooking lessons,...
02/10/2021

From donating and wrapping toys for AVDA’s clients’ families to virtual trivia nights with cocktail and cooking lessons, the Young Friends of AVDA knows how to give back while engaging in meaningful social, networking and education opportunities. Join today at avda-tx.org/youngfriends or visit @youngfriendsofavda and click the link in the bio!

Thank you Fort Bend CVRT for honoring AVDA as a 2021 grant recipient! Pictured are Fort Bend County Chief Investigator E...
02/10/2021

Thank you Fort Bend CVRT for honoring AVDA as a 2021 grant recipient! Pictured are Fort Bend County Chief Investigator Edward Gordon, Jr.; Fort Bend County Assistant District Attorney & CVRT President Chad Bridges; AVDA Fort Bend Managing Attorney Kusum Warsi; AVDA CEO Maisha Colter; and Fort Bend County District Attorney Brian Middleton.

Dating violence is more common than people think, especially among teens & young adults. #TDVAM is an annual, month-long...
02/01/2021

Dating violence is more common than people think, especially among teens & young adults. #TDVAM is an annual, month-long push focused on advocacy & education to stop dating abuse before it starts. Check out AVDA’s youth abuse prevention programs at https://avda-tx.org/youth-prevention/ We highly recommend loveisrespect.org for info on dating abuse.

#KnowYourWorth
#TDVAM
#loveisrespect
#AVDA

January is Stalking Awareness Month. Stalking can happen in a relationship as a type of emotional abuse or it can happen...
01/30/2021

January is Stalking Awareness Month. Stalking can happen in a relationship as a type of emotional abuse or it can happen outside a romantic relationship. buff.ly/2tQNWpX

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1001 Texas St Ste 600
Houston, TX
77002

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 14:00

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