Legal Advocacy

For Those In Need

Find out more about legal services that may be right for you.

Legal Advocacy

For Those In Need

Find out more about legal services which may be right for you.

Legal Advocacy Program

AVDA’s Legal Advocacy Program consists of eight staff attorney/paralegal teams who provide 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, child support and child custody. Clients may be eligible for both services. The Fort Bend County team’s offices are located in Stafford and the Richmond/Rosenberg area.

Most of AVDA’s clients have income that qualifies them for traditional legal aid (no more than 187% of the federal poverty guidelines). AVDA’s Expanded Legal Services Program consists of a “working poor” legal team, dedicated to serving victims who earn too much to qualify for traditional legal aid, yet too little to afford a quality, trauma-informed attorney. Clients who are served by the Expanded Legal Services Program will be asked to help pay court costs and fees, but will not be charged for representation. It is AVDA’s intent that no victim is kept from quality legal services simply because of the inability to pay.

 

Eligibility

 

AVDA recognizes that our clients often need services beyond legal representation to achieve safety and self-sufficiency for themselves and their children. Legal clients also have access to a variety of free services at AVDA, including:

  • Counseling for themselves and their children (Harris County only)
  • Client Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Education and Training Fund
  • Safety Planning
  • Information and Referral
  • Crime Victims Compensation assistance

The Emergency Financial Assistance fund is provided through the generosity of the National Council of Jewish Women – Houston Section.

For more information, call AVDA at 713-224-9911. Office hours are generally 8 am – 5 pm. Monday-Friday, but after hours and Saturday intake are available by appointment.

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Call for an appointment with an Advocate to explore if AVDA’s Legal Advocacy Program is a good option for you.

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

AVDA

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

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