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Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA)

COVID-19 Changes: The safety of victims of domestic violence is our greatest priority, and keeping our staff healthy and safe to respond to those needs is of paramount concern to us. We continue to serve survivors of domestic abuse with free legal representation and counseling. In response to the Coronvirus pandemicwe have replaced face-to-face meetings with phone calls and the Zoom conferencing application. The courts are still open, and, in certain cases, we still accompany clients for hearings at the court house.

Our Battering Intervention and Prevention Program continues via virtual group meetings using the Zoom conferencing platform.

Safety Alert

Computer use can be monitored. If you are worried that researching your options might endanger you, delete your history, and hide phone records of contacting legal aid.

Click here for information on deleting your computer history.

Office Hours

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Intake Hours and Guidelines

You can apply for help from AVDA in a few ways.

  • Phone
    • Intake Phone Number: 713-224-9911
    • Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Walk-In Intake
    • You can go to the office and apply for services in person.
    • Monday–Friday from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Evening and Saturday consultations are available by appointment.

Services Provided

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

If you need legal advice or legal representation for a protective order, divorce, or child custody, AVDA’s legal team is here to help you. Your legal team will walk with you through the court process and help you with other supportive services. We also provide counseling and a variety of emergency assistance. Find out more about our counseling and legal services click here. 

Eligibility Guidelines

All legal advocacy and representation services are free for clients. 

Protective order cases are accepted when there has been recent physical/sexual abuse, regardless of the income level of the client.

Divorce and other family law matters are primarily accepted for low to moderate income clients, but any case may be considered based on exceptional circumstances (e.g. extreme danger).

Cases are accepted for representation only within the Harris County and Fort Bend County court systems.

What if I have an emergency?

If you have an emergency involving domestic violence, please contact as soon as you are able to do so safely. 

Make sure to let the intake worker know about any urgent deadlines. All conversations are confidential.

Contact Info

1001 Texas Ave.
Suite 600
Houston, TX 77002
United States
(713) 224-9911
(713) 715-6935