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

There are no current job openings at AVDA.


    Internship Opportunities

    Internship opportunities to work directly with clients are limited to graduate students currently enrolled in accredited programs in specific disciplines. Contact 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. LPC-Interns with an existing supervisor are also encouraged to apply.

    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.

    Service by Publication/Ad Litem Training with CLE for Attorneys

    AVDA will provide specialized training to prepare Houston-area attorneys for the representation of non-responsive or indigent respondents in Harris and Fort Bend courts. These pro bono attorneys will help further the work of the agency by filling an identified gap in helping victims finalize divorce and child support/custody cases as well as other cases as identified by the courts.

    The Service by Publication/Ad Litem Training with 7.5 CLE training credits will benefit licensed Houston-area attorneys wishing to serve in a pro bono capacity as an ad litem (court-appointed attorney to act in a lawsuit on behalf of another party) or by fulfilling the Service by Publication requirement for AVDA’s clients as well as for other cases, as needed and identified by the courts. This training is made possible by a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation.

    Attorneys interested in participating in the Service by Publication/Ad Litem Training with CLE should contact AVDA Director of Legal Advocacy Program Maisha Colter at

    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. Candidate may be asked to lift or move boxes or files. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
      • 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.
      • Outreach — Help build community awareness about the pervasiveness of domestic violence by representing AVDA at area resource fairs.
      • 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.
      • Translation — From time to time, translators in languages other than Spanish are needed to aid survivors who do not speak English.

    Apply Today!

    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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    Why is this important?

    • 1 in 3 women experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.
    • 2 million injuries and 1,300 deaths are caused each year as a result of domestic violence.
    • Most domestic violence incidents are never reported.

    EndAbuse Social Media Campaign

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