Victim Advocacy

You Deserve Safety. It's Your Right!

Let us help you find the path to safety while confidentially answering your questions.

Victim Advocacy

You Deserve Safety. It's Your Right!

Let us help you find the path to safety while confidentially answering your questions.

AVDA understands the challenges that victims of abuse face. We provide help at no cost for:

  • Legal representation for protective orders, divorce, child support and child custody
  • Crisis intervention, advocacy, and support
  • Safety planning and referrals
  • Financial assistance for emergency shelter, food, transportation and more
  • Individual and group counseling for the survivor and her/his children
  • Funds for education and training

AVDA is here to help.

Our Victim Advocates are sitting by to take your call from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 713-224-9911 or you may request a call-back through our online pre-registration. We also have Saturday hours once a month by appointment—call to ask when.

After speaking with you, the Victim Advocate will schedule an appointment with you at the AVDA offices, 1001 Texas Ave., Suite 600, Houston, TX 77002. Fort Bend County residents meet at The United Way Fort Bend Center, 12300 Parc rest Drive, Suite 140, Stafford, Texas 77477 or Fort Bend County Women’s Center, 1002 Wilson Drive, Rosenberg, Texas 77471.

In Harris County, you may also meet with an ADVA Advocate at the following locations:

Every Monday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.         Houston Area Women’s Center, 1010 Waugh Drive                                                                                                             Call (713) 528-212, by appointment only. 

Every Tuesday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.         Westside Family Violence Unit/Houston Police Department                                                                                             3203 S. Dairy Ashford; (832) 394-5611.                                                                                                                                 Walk-ins on a first come, first served basis.

 Alternating Wednesdays                 North Family Violence Unit/Houston Police Department                                     8 a.m. – 4 p.m.                                  9455 W. Montgomery; (832) 394-3600                                                                                                                                   Walk-ins on a first come, first served basis.

Every Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.        Southeast Family Violence Unit/Houston Police Department                                                                                            8300 Mykawa Rd.; (832) 394-1797                                                                                                                                        Walk-ins on a first come, first served basis.

Signs of an Abusive Relationship

  • Hurts or threatens to hurt you
  • Criticizes or humiliates you
  • Causes you to feel afraid or intimidated
  • Acts jealous or controlling
  • Threatens to hurt or take your children away
  • Tries to limit your time with your family or friends

Any person who is or has been a victim of domestic abuse may obtain the following services free of charge:

  • Crisis intervention and psychological support
  • Help in developing an individual Safety and Self-Sufficiency Plan that identifies different options and resources to address emotional, physical, financial and legal risks/concerns.
  • Information about her/his rights under the Texas Family Code and insight into how the family courts work.
  • Information about her/his rights and options regarding criminal law and guidance as to how the criminal justice system operates.
  • Assistance in completing Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund applications.
  • Advocacy with police, prosecutors and the Harris County courts.
  • Referrals for emergency food, shelter, medical care, counseling and other social-service needs.

Power and Control Wheel
Note: The Power and Control Wheel originated at the Domestic Abuse Project in Duluth, MN, which examined abuse by men against women in early battered women’s shelters. While statistics continue to support that domestic abuse is considerably more prevalent and lethal for women as victims, AVDA acknowledges that abusers can be male or female, and that abuse occurs in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships. AVDA is committed to serving all who are impacted by abuse.

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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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