AVDA

End Abuse/Begin Again

aka Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse   |   Houston, TX   |  www.avda-tx.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

1981

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Maisha Colter

Main address

1001 Texas Ave., Suite 600

Houston, TX 77002 USA

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EIN

74-2141981

NTEE code info

Victims' Services (P62)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

AVDA works to break the cycle of domestic violence through its core program offerings. AVDA's mission is to 'end family violence by advocating for the safety and self determination of victims and promoting accountability for abusers'. AVDA's core services are comprised of free legal services to victims and their children, this includes child custody, protective orders, child support and divorce. AVDA also offers counseling (both individual and group) for children and adults. Knowing that in order to end the cycle of domestic violence we must rehabilitate the abuser, AVDA operates the largest and oldest Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) in the state of Texas. Finally, AVDA's Community Awareness Prevention Program provides programming to youth to help break the cycle and educate the next generation.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Legal Advocacy Program

AVDA’s attorneys are the only dedicated team of family lawyers for battered women in Houston. Since 1980, AVDA has provided free legal representation and advocacy for more than 100,000 victim-survivors of family violence. In 2015 alone, AVDA served more than 3,500 adult and minor victims of abuse, providing legal services necessary to safeguard victims (protective orders, kick-out orders, supervised visitation and other limitations on abuser’s access to children) and to end the legal ties that bind victims to their abusers (divorce, termination of parental rights).

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Families

Removing the victim often isn’t enough to stop the cycle of violence. The abuser just moves onto another relationship, which inevitably turns violent. In response, AVDA founded AVDA's Battering Intervention and Prevention Program is an 18+ week regimen of specialized psycho-education counseling and re-socialization. BIPP challenges men and women who have been violent, abusive and/or controlling in intimate relationships to recognize, accept responsibility for and end this behavior. Even as BIPP “serves” the batterers, its overriding goal in doing so is to insure the safety, self-determination and well-being of victims.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with psychosocial disabilities

AVDA provides a Trauma Counselor to meet the needs of children, youth and adults who have been traumatized by domestic violence. Counseling is offered for adults and children individually and in groups. Victim support is also provided, along with ongoing information, referral and safety planning.

Population(s) Served
Families

AVDA provides outreach to children and youth through a Youth and Outreach Specialist, who can present on a variety of topics pertaining to domestic abuse and healthy relationships. AVDA operates a Teen Abuse & Prevention Program (TAPP), a weekly prevention session that targets at-risk, incarcerated youth and provides life skills and discussion pertaining to family violence, dating abuse, and conflict resolution. AVDA's Outreach Specialist is available for health fairs, church events and community gatherings and can present on a variety of domestic abuse-related topics.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

AVDA is a unique non-profit that has served Houston for nearly 40 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.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AVDA

Board of directors
as of 3/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Leisa Holland-Nelson

ASTOUNDZ

Term: 2021 - 2022

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/30/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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