Providing The Help You Need

Learn about our Counseling Services to see how we can help you.


Providing The Help You Need

Learn about our Counseling Services to see how we can help you.

Counseling Services

Being in an abusive relationship can be very frightening. AVDA’s counselors will help you through this difficult time by providing support and information. In addition to free, confidential counseling services for adult survivors and their children, we offer support groups (English and Spanish), safety planning, emergency financial support, and help with education or training.

Domestic Violence Classes

AVDA’s Victim Support Group also encompasses a free 8-week certificate-based educational class, which will teach participants about the dynamics of domestic abuse, as well as the significant consequences on children from being exposed to an abusive environment. Contact AVDA at (713) 224-9911 to ask about these classes.

Our Counselors Can Also Help With:

  • Depression or anxiety
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Childhood trauma
  • Parenting challenges
  • Referrals and resources
  • Safety planning

Abuse comes in many forms. You may be in an abusive relationship if your partner is:

  • Physically harming you
  • Threating to hurt you, your loved ones or themselves
  • Pressuring you have to have sex
  • Acting in ways that scare you
  • Controlling you
  • Blaming you for the abuse
  • Taking money or refusing to give you money
  • Keeping you from seeing loved ones

Online Pre-Registration

  • (physical and/or sexual violence)
  • I understand that this is only an application to request services from Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) and that I must fill this application out completely. I have not misrepresented anything in this questionnaire. I understand this is not a agreement for AVDA to represent me in an already pending legal matter.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

A growing body of literature shows that children who have been exposed to domestic violence are more likely than their peers to experience a wide range of difficulties. These difficulties fall into three main categories:

    Behavioral, Social, Emotional

  • Behavioral, social, and emotional problems. Children in families experiencing domestic violence are more likely than other children to exhibit aggressive and antisocial behavior or to be depressed and anxious (Brown & Bzostek, 2003). Other researchers have found higher levels of anger, hostility, oppositional behavior, and disobedience; fear and withdrawal; poor peer, sibling, and social relationships; and low self-esteem.
  • Cognitive and Attitudinal

  • Cognitive and attitudinal problems. Children exposed to domestic violence are more likely to experience difficulties in school and score lower on assessments of verbal, motor, and cognitive skills. Slower cognitive development, lack of conflict resolution skills, limited problem solving skills, pro-violence attitudes, and belief in rigid gender stereotypes and male privilege are other issues identified in the research (Brown & Bzostek, 2003; Edleson, 2006).
  • Long-term

  • Long-term problems. Research indicates that males exposed to domestic violence as children are more likely to engage in domestic violence as adults; similarly, females are more likely to be victims (Brown & Bzostek, 2003). Higher levels of adult depression and trauma symptoms also have been found (Silvern et al., 1995). Exposure to domestic violence is also one of several adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that have been shown to contribute to premature death, as well as risk factors for many of the most common causes of death in the United States. (For more information, visit the Adverse Childhood Experiences.) Take the ACE Quiz

Safety alert: Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid that your internet or computer usage might be monitored, use a safer computer, call your local hotline, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

1001 Texas Ave., Suite 600 Houston, TX 77002
P: 713-224-9911
F: 713-715-6935 | 713-715-6945


1001 Texas Ave., Suite 600 Houston, TX 77002 P: 713-224-9911 F: 713-715-6935 | 713-715-6945

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