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Thank you for joining the challenge!

AVDA Thanks Houston Texans Pro Bowl Wide Receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, for donating $1,000 to AVDA to each touchdown he scored during the TD Challenge. Fans also had the opportunity to make a contribution in any amount they chose. DeAndre also invited AVDA clients and Managing Attorney, Pamela Dickson, to the Texans' win against the Indianapolis Colts. AVDA is grateful for his advocacy and support.
Thanks also to AVDA's Lead Challengers: Marie Bosarge, Hannah and Cal McNair, Trini Mendenhall, Ginni and Richard Mithoff, Sylvia and Mark Russell, Jeri and Marc Shapiro, Bianca and Vince Wilfork, and Sheridan and John Eddie Williams, Jr.
Thank you as well to other supporters: Milisa Alexis-Manners, Nayheli Arroyo, Nour Barazi, Justin Campos, Virginia Calvert-Martin, Maria Cortez, Ramona Dalton, Pamela Dickson, Cristina Escobar, Brenda Estrada, Sherri Gongara, Lawrence Henry, Katelyn Holm, Thomas Irby, Sherri Kendall, Amy Palcic, Chastidy Patterson, Joanna Robertson, Tresha Sealy, Shay Shaikh, Jessica Sorto, Chelsea Wade, Peter Walbridge and Evelyn Wong.

 AVDA Wins Marketer of the Year: Social and Community Services

AVDA was the recipient of the Marketer of the Year Award in the Social and Community Services Category at the AMA Houston Award Show held at the Alley Theatre. 
Many thanks to Savage Brands for the nomination and integral design work for AVDA, Clear Channel Outdoor Houston for supporting AVDA's billboard campaign, and the American Marketing Association Houston Chapter for this recognition! Thanks also to Yahoo Finance! for featuring the awards show on Yahoo! You can read the story here
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.
If you have witnessed or experienced unethical or inappropriate behavior or actions at AVDA, you may report it anonymously and confidentially through the Ethical Advocate reporting system via telephone or online. The telephone number is 1-800-932-1900 and the website is

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Do you know you need help? You know you need help but you don’t know who to turn to? Let us help you find the path to safety while confidentially answering your questions. 
Are you someone who has hurt the people you love? Domestic violence destroys lives, and hurts children who witness it. AVDA can help.

Free legal services and support are available for victims of domestic violence.

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 here.

Are your actions or words hurting your family and loved ones?

Choose a life free of abuse. Learn to identify, take responsibility for, and stop your abusive or controlling behavior. Register for an evaluation today and get counsel on how to put yourself back on track towards a healthier lifestyle. Find out more about our Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) here.

Coaching Boys into Men Broadcast by Houston Public Media

Houston Matters and Houston Public Media sat down with AVDA CEO, Sherri Kendall, to learn about the Coaching Boys into men program, which trains high school athletic coaches to teach and mentor their young athletes to have healthy relationships in order to reduce domestic violence and sexual assault. 
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