Teens: Take Action against Dating Abuse

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. Teens can prevent dating abuse before it starts and intervene when friends need help. One in three girls in the...

For Parents: Is Your Teenager in an Abusive Relationship?

Most parents don’t realize how common teen dating abuse is. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. Nearly half (43%) of college women report experiencing...
Andrea Thibodeaux

Andrea Thibodeaux

The journey for victims to begin their lives again can be difficult and long, and AVDA supports its clients through the process every step of the way. Andrea Thibodeaux came to AVDA seeking legal custody of her then two-year-old granddaughter, Audrey, in November...
Crystal Ybarra

Crystal Ybarra

Crystal first came to the AVDA offices on crutches and without her one-year-old daughter. Crystal had leaped for her life from a moving vehicle — her child still inside — to escape yet another terrifying assault by her husband after years of physical and mental abuse....
BeLinda Hyder

BeLinda Hyder

BeLinda Hyder came to AVDA in August of 2018 seeking legal representation for divorce after being married to her husband of 25 years. Gradually over the years what had once been a happy, healthy marriage turned into a physically and sexually abusive relationship rife...
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