Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Houston Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen Sherri Kendall, CEO, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) Andy Kahan, Houston Crime Victims Assistance Office Harris County Sheriff’s Office Clear Channel Outdoor Americas
Launch of “Domestic Violence Never Wins” public awareness campaign featuring Houston Texans’ DeAndre Hopkins and testimonials from local domestic crime victims. Photo Opportunity: Big reveal of citywide billboard campaign.
10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 20, 2017 – Rain or shine.
Legacy Room of Houston City Hall, First Floor, 901 Bagby
Houston Texans Star DeAndre Hopkins has teamed up with Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) a Houston-area organization that provides free legal aid and counselling to victims of abuse as well as rehabilitative service to abusers. Hopkins, whose mother experienced domestic abuse, will be the face of the citywide billboard campaign featuring twelve billboards, donated by Clear Channel Outdoor. It is estimated that more than 250,000 women are in domestic violence situations in Harris County alone. An estimated 158 women in Texas were killed by their male partners in 2015. Harris County has the highest number of domestic violence fatalities in the state. Last year, AVDA provided legal assistance to more than 2,000 individuals, with an estimated $3.4 million awarded to survivors through legal representation. Additionally, through its nationally-acclaimed Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP), 1,005 men and 148 women, respectively, received counseling. About AVDA AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) has served the Houston community for 37 years to end violence in families by advocating for the safety and self-sufficiency of battered individuals, promoting accountability for those who batter, and fostering a coordinated community response to domestic violence. AVDA provides direct services to families victimized by domestic violence, such as education and legal representation to individuals impacted by violence, battering intervention and services for individuals who commit violence, and educational curriculum to prevent violence in the future. Connect with AVDA on Facebook and Twitter or by visiting avda-tx.org.