ASIAN CONNECTION | Domestic Violence Awareness Month
For those who are unaware, October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In recognition to this, AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence) stopped by the studio to tell us about their dedication to advocating for the safety of victims of domestic abuse in the Houston area.
AVDA’s mission 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. A United Way agency, AVDA is a private nonprofit organization founded in 1980 by the National Council of Jewish Women in Greater Houston. Since its founding, AVDA has provided advocacy, safety planning, and legal representation for more than 60,000 survivors.
AVDA continues to provide:
- Free legal representation to victims of domestic abuse for protective orders, divorces, child custody, and child support cases in Harris County.
- Psychoeducation counseling for abusers in Harris, Galveston, Fort Bend, Montgomery, and Brazoria counties through its Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP).
- Counseling for adults, children, and groups.
- Programming for youth across the Greater Houston area to provide prevention and intervention to break the cycle of violence in their lives.
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.
In the next few years, we would like to enter a growth phase of adding more programs and assisting more victims. We envision a non-abusive and violence-free environment where relationships are based on mutual respect.
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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