Get Involved

Opportunities to Help

Job opportunities, internship opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and social awareness.

Get Involved

Opportunities to Help

Internship opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and social awareness.

AVDA Job Opportunities

For more information about a job listing below or to submit your cover letter and resume, please email

Protective Order Attorney

The Attorney provides quality and competent advice and/or representation to assigned clients in accordance with grant guidelines and agency policies. The Attorney will be responsible for handling all protective orders and other matters related to family law.

Responsibilities include providing advice and representation to victims of domestic abuse regarding orders of protection, custody, visitation, support, divorce, as well as public benefits, housing, and other civil legal problems related to domestic violence; interviewing clients and reviewing questionnaires in order to select, assemble, summarize, and compile substantial information; preparing all court documents and pleadings; conducting legal research, including file review in court; and performing all aspects of discovery.

Qualifications include Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited academic institution; a current license to practice law in the State of Texas; a minimum of one to three years of litigation experience, preferably in family court; commitment to practicing law in the public interest sector; and knowledge of domestic violence and the law, as it pertains to domestic violence

Bilingual Client Advocate

The Client Advocate serves as a connection between victim-survivors of family violence and sources of community support by providing in-depth and ongoing advocacy and social-services referrals. Emphasis is on serving clients who are not able to access shelter-based support systems.

Responsibilities include the initiation and ongoing contact with clients—to ensure accuracy of contact information for clients and to determine physical, financial, and emotional needs; answering intake calls, appropriately screening applicants for services, and providing basic but accurate information regarding the legal options available to callers; meeting with applicants for services, gathering necessary documentation from applicants, and preparing files for attorney review; providing crisis counseling, information, and referrals; and assisting in the maintenance of a computerized client database. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in family violence, Master’s degree preferred; bilingual in English and Spanish required; knowledge of domestic violence ; crisis counseling experience ; sensitivity to victims of domestic violence ; appreciation of diversity and a sensitivity to people of varying lifestyles, ethnicity, and religious groups; strong oral and written communication skills; and proficiency with PCs, including word processing and other general office machines.

Development Associate

The Development Associate plays an important role by participating in all fundraising activities including donor and public relations, grant proposals, data management, direct mail appeals, and special events, and by providing research and administrative support to the Director of Development and Chief Executive Officer.

The Development Associate will interface with AVDA volunteers in leadership roles for the organization as well as interact with members of the AVDA Board of Directors, from time to time. As a key member of the Development team, the successful candidate will handle multiple projects that are often deadline driven. The candidate will be a self-starter who is motivated and able to communicate clearly and effectively. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in a related field; one to two years development experience or experience in a related industry such as advancement, communications, marketing, or public relations; proficiency in Adobe Illustrator or other graphic design software, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and fundraising database/management software.

Internship Opportunities

Internship opportunities to work directly with clients are limited to graduate students currently enrolled in accredited programs in specific disciplines. Contact AVDA for more information.

1. Masters in Counseling— AVDA is excited to announce that we are currently accepting counseling and social work practicum students for the Fall Semester of 2017. LPC-Interns with an existing supervisor are also encouraged to apply. Email Stephanie at for more information.

2. Students enrolled in ABA-accredited Law School— Strong preferences for students who have completed Family Law, Marital Property, or Domestic Violence and the Law courses.

  • Summer clerkships in family-law litigation available for up to four students per summer. Positions typically are filled in February. To apply, send resume, cover letter and legal writing sample of 10 pages or less to
  • Semester-long internships in family-law litigation available. Must apply six weeks prior to start of semester.

Volunteer at AVDA

Volunteers are an important part of the AVDA family, and there are many ways in which you can join the team to help families trapped in a cycle of violence. AVDA volunteers can assist both clients and AVDA staff in a variety of ways.

Some ways in which you can partner with AVDA in making a difference are:

  • Administrative Help— Assist AVDA staff with filing, organization, case management, and other office tasks. Daily responsibilities could also include conducting victim intakes over the phone or assisting the office manager with outreach tasks. Candidate may be asked to lift or move boxes or files. Comfortable shoes are recommended. If you are interested, please contact us.
  • Special Events— AVDA hosts a variety of community events, including volunteer activities, health fairs and our annual Home Safe Home Gala. We need volunteers to help with invitation addressing, registration, and other tasks associated with annual AVDA events throughout the year. If you are interested, please contact:
  • Court Accompaniment—Candidate needs to have some availability from Mon-Thurs mornings to accompany clients to family-court hearings and criminal trials. Note: Requires completion of training course in domestic violence and issues specific to court accompaniment. If you are interested, please contact: to learn more about volunteer application and orientation.

Apply Today!

Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Clerical Support
  • Special Events
  • Client Intake
  • Court Accompaniment
  • Translation

To be considered for AVDA’s Volunteer Program, all applicants must complete an application and submit to Participants must also sign a confidentiality agreement underlining that you will not share any information about clients, cases or other sensitive information with anyone outside of the AVDA office. All volunteers agree to a background check upon completion and submission of their volunteer application.

Once accepted to the program, an orientation of the AVDA office, policy and procedures will be provided.
Volunteers opportunities are generally during AVDA office hours: 8am – 5pm at 1001 Texas Ave., Suite 600 • Houston, TX 77002, but help with special events may be outside of those hours.

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