Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement, a brief history and more information about AVDA

The mission of AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) is to end family violence by advocating for the safety and self-determination of victims, promoting accountability for abusers and fostering a community response to abuse.

AVDA is a unique non-profit that has served Houston for over 37 years. Beginning November 1, 2017, the organization expanded to provide our free legal services to victims of domestic abuse in Fort Bend County through a full-time AVDA staff attorney and paralegal.

We envision a non-abusive and violence-free environment where relationships are based on mutual respect.

Read more about us on GuideStar here.

Our history at a glance

AVDA was founded in 1980 by the National Council of Jewish Women Greater Houston Section as a non-residential domestic violence center to provide resources for thousands of battered women in need of legal advocacy. Recognizing that batterers must also receive rehabilitative services to end their abuse, AVDA added the Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) in 1984, which became the first in the state to become fully accredited.


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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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