In 1980 AVDA was founded 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. Beginning November 1, 2017, the organization expanded to provide our free legal services to victims of domestic abuse in Fort Bend County through a full-time AVDA staff attorney and paralegal.
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.” For nearly 40 years, AVDA has worked to end the cycle of abuse within families and to find solutions for a life without violence. In 2017, AVDA served 4,750 adult and child victims of domestic abuse and our hope is to empower AVDA to serve more clients through the Purple Purse Challenge.
The organization is exceptional stewards of every dollar donated. In fact, in 2017, $.82 of every dollar raised was used for the benefit of AVDA clients in the form of free legal services by staff attorneys, counseling, safety planning and intervention services.
Therefore, your support is crucial to us and we’re thankful for the opportunity to increase your support through the AVDA- Purple Purse Charity Challenge.
To learn more about AVDA- Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse and our many programs and accomplishments, please visit at https://avda-tx.org/.