Gwen Martinez

Gwen Martinez

“In 25 years, I only received one offer of help. I knew my family loved me but they just didn’t know what to do for someone in my situation. AVDA gave me the hope that there was an organization out there to help me.” After 25 years in an abusive marriage,...
Dr. Rebecca Berens in her own words

Dr. Rebecca Berens in her own words

When I was a medical student, I became involved in an abusive relationship. As is often the case, the abuse started with controlling behavior and emotional abuse, and it was not immediately obvious to me or my friends and family what was going on.  We married early in...
Shelina Khureshi

Shelina Khureshi

“A woman I admire a lot posted something very true on social media. The message:  “A woman can be passive for years. She will accept abuse and misuse BUT there will be ONE moment, ONE word or ONE action that transforms her into the FORCE. Now all of the chains of the...
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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