Community Outreach

Imagine a world without violence.

Together with our partners, we can foster a community-wide response to abuse.


Community Outreach & Staff Trainings

Our goal is to foster a community-wide response to abuse while providing information to victims in need of AVDA’s legal and counseling services. Our three-pronged approach includes presentations, service provider training, and outreach at community-based events. We welcome the opportunity to work with all community partners in ending abuse.

During this time of social distancing, we provide both in-person and virtual presentations. AVDA’s Legal Advocacy Program serves Austin, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Waller, and Washington counties in Texas, and AVDA’s Battering Intervention and Prevention Program is in Galveston, Harris, and Montgomery counties. Thus, our outreach serves these same counties. We understand that with the current trend of virtual presentations, we have the ability to present to any group around the world, and we will try to accommodate any request. However, our first priority is to provide outstanding presentations to groups within our service area where we can also refer those in need to direct services.

Contact AVDA Outreach Director Nicole Franklin-Jones at or 713.715.6921 to learn more.


Domestic abuse is a public health crisis, and awareness across all communities is necessary in order to end abuse. AVDA staff are available to speak to a variety of audiences ranging from parent, veteran, corporate and church groups to professional organizations. Presentations may be in English, Spanish, Hindi, Urdu, or Mandarin Chinese. Topic choices include:

  • Domestic Violence 101 (covers signs and types of abuse, power and control vs. consent and respect, how a bystander can help)
  • Teen/Young Adult Dating Abuse Prevention
  • Intersection of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking
  • Anger Management vs. Battering Intervention & Prevention
  • Legal Services for Victims of Domestic Violence: Understanding Protective Orders, Child Custody, and Adoption Rights
  • Gender Norms and Domestic Violence

Training for Service Providers

We work with service providers who have direct interaction with victims as well as perpetrators, offering specialized training for criminal justice workers, healthcare providers, shelter advocates, and Child Protective Services staff, just to name a few.

Training for Faith Leaders

Faith leaders are often first responders to domestic violence within their congregations. AVDA is here to provide training and support for faith leaders and their staffs to understand the dynamics of power and control that perpetrators use to abuse. Our facilitators provide the framework for recognizing abuse, responding to survivors appropriately, and referring those in need to available resources.

Outreach Booths at Health Fairs

AVDA staffs health fairs and community- and faith-based meetings year-round to meet the demand for information on domestic abuse. Sensitive to Houston’s diverse population, AVDA provides materials in Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, and Spanish, and has a Spanish-speaking prevention and education manager on staff.

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1001 Texas Ave., Suite 600 Houston, TX 77002
P: 713-224-9911
F: 713-715-6935 for Legal Advocacy
F: 713-715-6945 for Battering Intervention & Prevention


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