Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we wanted to share the facts on sexual assault as a form of domestic violence. Perpetrators who are physically violent toward their intimate partners are often sexually abusive as well. Intimate partner sexual assault...

Overcoming Tragedy to Begin Again

In November of 2015, Andrea Thibodeaux came to AVDA seeking legal custody of her then two-year-old granddaughter, Audrey. Several months earlier, Audrey’s father had brutally murdered Audrey’s mother. Audrey’s mother had tried to protect herself and her daughter by...

AVDA Attorney Spotlight

  AVDA’s Legal Advocacy Program provides free legal representation in family law matters to victims of domestic violence in Harris and Fort Bend County courts. We have attorneys who are dedicated to obtaining protective orders, and others who focus on divorce,...

Get the Facts on Teen Dating Abuse

Did you know that one in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence? Throughout the month of February, AVDA (Aid to Victims of...

AVDA Partners with METRO to Reach Abuse Victims

AVDA  recently partnered with METRO to build awareness of its transformational, life-saving services for victims of domestic violence. Thanks to METRO, there are 1,900 “Domestic Abuse Hurts Everyone” (950 in English and 950 in Spanish) bus cards on the METRO...

AVDA expands free legal services into Fort Bend County

For 37 years, AVDA has served an important need in our city by providing free legal advocacy and representation to survivors of domestic abuse. As needs rise and societal and environmental changes occur, AVDA remains nimble, flexible, and responsive. In the aftermath...
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