end abuse

begin again
Houston Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen & AVDA CEO Sherri Kendall

AVDA stands with other Houston-area, nonprofit organizations that serve family violence victims in opposition to the recent ruling that disallows the asylum requests of victims of domestic violence. This one decision has turned back the clock on four decades of progress in addressing the urgent needs of victims.

AVDA believes that all people have the right to lives without violence. Domestic violence remains the most insidious of all forms of violence in that it often remains “behind closed doors” due to fear and lack of information. It is not “private violence” as suggested during the ruling, but a major public health crisis, not only in this country, but around the world.

AVDA continues to provide free legal representation and other services to all victims of domestic violence who live in Harris and Fort Bend counties—regardless of their citizenship status.

AVDA sirve a todas las víctimas sin importar su estado de ciudadanía.


Victim Advocacy

We provide help at no cost

Legal Advocacy Program

Our attorneys work for you

Counseling Services

Get the support you need

BIPP Program

Choose a life free of abuse

1 in 4 Women have experienced domestic violence


Of legal clients

feel safer because of AVDA Services

Adult & child victims

of domestic violence were served in 2017

Counseling sessions

of domestic violence were served in 2017

AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) focuses on Non-Profit Family Violence Prevention. Our goal at AVDA is to end family violence by educating individuals, offering free legal and counseling services, and fostering a community response to abuse. As an organization centered on non-profit family violence prevention, we hope to build and grow programs in the greater Houston area that both shed light on the subject and serve a purpose.


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Call AVDA and Get Help Now 713-224-9911 or 24 Hour National DV Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Upcoming Events

As non-profit family violence safety advocates, we host events to engage our community and support the cause against family violence. Click below to view our upcoming events, and how you can get involved.


19jan10:45 pm11:45 pmYoung Friends of AVDA Kickoff


17apr7:30 am8:30 amEnd Abuse 2019 Awareness Breakfast

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