Better Business Bureau Report for
AVDA, Inc. (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc.)

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 2015

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Charity Contact Information

Name: AVDA, Inc. (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc.)
Address: 1001 Texas, Suite 600
  Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-224-9911
Web Address:
Also known as:Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1980, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs.

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Evaluation Conclusions


AVDA, Inc. (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc.) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA)'s Family Violence Program provides advocacy services to victims of abuse and supplies on-site services at Family Violence Units of the Houston Police Department three days per week. AVDA's Legal Advocacy Program, through the dedication and expertise of AVDA's six staff attorney/paralegal teams, provides qualifying victims of abuse free legal representation in family law matters such as: protective orders, divorce, child custody, child support and modifications. AVDA operates one of the nation's leading Vattering Intervention and Prevention Programs (BIPP). BIPP is a specialized course (minimum of 18 weeks) of psycho-educational counseling that teaches men and women who are violent and controlling in their intimate relationships to recognize, take responsibility for and eliminate their abusive behaviors. AVDA served 1,800 survivors and 1,300 abusers in 2013. AVDA’s Advocacy Program is the primary source of free legal representation for low-income victims of family violence in cases pending in the Harris County family courts. AVDA serves as attorney of record in lawsuits to safeguard victims from further abuse (protective orders, kickout orders, terminating the parental rights of child molesters) and to dissolve the legal ties that bind a victim to his/her abuser (divorce, suits affecting the parent-child relationship). In 2013, AVDA’s six attorney-paralegal teams litigated cases that directly impacted the safety, legal rights and financial stability of numerous victims. AVDA’s Family Violence Program provides safety planning, emergency resource referrals, and legal - system advocacy to all victims of family violence, regardless of income. In 2013, 2,549 adult clients and 1,739 juvenile clients benefitted from AVDA’s Family Violence Program and Legal Advocacy Program (combined) services. In 2013, AVDA’s Battering Intervention & Prevention Program (BIPP) provided intervention services to 1,177 males and 116 females, largely referred to AVDA by court order. In AVDA’s Teen Abuse Prevention Program, BIPP facilitators conducted group sessions, serving incarcerated youth.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, AVDA, Inc. (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc.)'s program expenses were:

Program Services 1,733,854
Total Program Expenses: $1,733,854
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Chief Executive : Sherri Kendall, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Mark Russell, Board Chairman
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Morgan Stanley - Wealth Management

Board Size: 15

Paid Staff Size: 28

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,989,430, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on AVDA, Inc. (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc.)'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Grants 1,670,094
Client fees 475,098
Special Fundraising Events - Less: Cost of Direct Benefit to donor 239,453
Donations 79,883
Other income 5,469
Investment Income 1,252
Total Income $2,471,249


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 87%  Fund Raising: 9%  Administrative: 4% 

Total income $2,471,249
Program expenses $1,733,854
Fund raising expenses 186,724
Administrative expenses 72,937
Total expenses $1,993,515
Income in Excess of Expenses 477,734
Beginning net assets 1,088,389
Ending net assets 2,115,777
Total liabilities 9,012
Total assets $2,124,789

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The BBB has processed no customer complaints on this charity in its three year reporting period.

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