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Know Your Worth

Living through a pandemic—with an arctic storm of historic proportions on top of that—is stressful for anyone and everyone. The additional challenges of isolation and financial strain faced by survivors of domestic violence during these unprecedented times also extend...

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Staying Safe + Mental Health Tips

"Having courage does not mean that we are unafraid. Having courage and showing courage means we face our fears.”   - Maya Angelou Staying Safe During Quarantine While Living with Perpetrator/Abuser Create or update your current safety plan. Given that most businesses...

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Teens: Take Action against Dating Abuse

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. Teens can prevent dating abuse before it starts and intervene when friends need help. One in three girls in the...

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For Parents: Is Your Teenager in an Abusive Relationship?

Most parents don’t realize how common teen dating abuse is. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. Nearly half (43%) of college women report experiencing...

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Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we wanted to share the facts on sexual assault as a form of domestic violence. Perpetrators who are physically violent toward their intimate partners are often sexually abusive as well. Intimate partner sexual assault...

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Let’s Keep Our Teens Safe: Understanding Dating Violence

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it. Locally, AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) works with schools, programs for...

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Overcoming Tragedy to Begin Again

In November of 2015, Andrea Thibodeaux came to AVDA seeking legal custody of her then two-year-old granddaughter, Audrey. Several months earlier, Audrey’s father had brutally murdered Audrey’s mother. Audrey’s mother had tried to protect herself and her daughter by...

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AVDA Attorney Spotlight

  AVDA’s Legal Advocacy Program provides 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...

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AVDA Summer Interns: Law Students with Eyes on the Future

  Since 2006, AVDA has actively recruited summer Legal Interns from ABA-accredited law schools for clerkships in family-law litigation. They work side-by-side AVDA’s eight trauma-informed attorneys and eight paralegals, aiding with legal research,...

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Domestic Violence: Private Violence or Public Health Crisis?

AVDA stands with other Houston-area, nonprofit organizations that serve family violence victims in opposition to the recent ruling that disallows the asylum requests of victims of domestic violence. This one decision has turned back the clock on four decades of...

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Get the Facts on Teen Dating Abuse

Did you know that one in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence? Throughout the month of February, AVDA (Aid to...

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AVDA Partners with METRO to Reach Abuse Victims

AVDA  recently partnered with METRO to build awareness of its transformational, life-saving services for victims of domestic violence. Thanks to METRO, there are 1,900 “Domestic Abuse Hurts Everyone” (950 in English and 950 in Spanish) bus cards on...

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AVDA expands free legal services into Fort Bend County

For 37 years, AVDA has served an important need in our city by providing free legal advocacy and representation to survivors of domestic abuse. As needs rise and societal and environmental changes occur, AVDA remains nimble, flexible, and responsive. In...

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