Domestic Violence Services

 Shelter & Counseling Services for Victims/Survivors

Law Enforcement Agencies

Legal Assistance (Protective Orders, Divorce, Custody & Immigration)

Counseling For Batterers  

 

SHELTER & COUNSELING SERVICES

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Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA)

713/224-9911

AVDA is a local non-profit organization that works to end violence in families. AVDA is a nonresidential domestic violence center that serves victims (legal advocacy & legal representation) and perpetrators (battering intervention) of domestic violence while educating the community about domestic violence issues.  www.avda-tx.org

 

 Asians Against Domestic Abuse

713/339-8300

AADA is a non-profit organization helping victims of Domestic Abuse in the Asian American communities. It provides confidential support in different Asian languages; safety planning; culturally sensitive legal referrals; translation; court accompaniment; and assistance with the social service system. www.aadainc.org

 

 Bay Area Turning Point (Webster)

281/286-2525

Bay Area Turning Point’s services include emergency/transitional shelter, childcare, non-residential support groups, 24-hour hotline, aftercare, therapy, 24-hour accompaniments to hospitals or police departments, legal advocacy, employment counseling and assistance, and community education. www.bayareaturningpoint.org

 

 Bridge over Troubled Waters (Pasadena)

713/473-2801

The Bridge Over Troubled Waters serves domestic and sexual violence victims/survivors. Services are offered 24 hours a day and include a 24 hour hotline, emergency shelter, transitional housing, victim advocacy, court/hospital accompaniment, support groups, and community education. www.thebridgeovertroubledwaters.org

 

 Daya (Houston)

713/914-1333

Daya aims to promote healthy and harmonious family relationships in the South-Asian community by increasing awareness and providing peer support, information and referrals to women and children who are in crisis yet attempting to effect positive changes in their lives. Daya has a 24-hour voice mail system and education and prevention programs. www.dayahouston.org

 Houston Area Women’s Center (Houston)

713/528-2121

The Houston Area Women's Center (HAWC) provides services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Services include hotline, shelter, counseling and legal advocacy. HAWC provides education and professional training to the community. www.hawc.org  

 Family Time (Humble)

281/446-2615

Family Time has a 24-hour crisis hotline. They offer free counseling for victims of domestic violence, provide shelter for battered women, and hold support groups. Family Time also has an information referral line, case managers, and a legal advocate.

 

 Focusing Families (Hempstead)                                                                                            979/826-3290 or 979/826-000

Focusing Families is a residential/non-residential service provider for victims of Family Violence. It is located in Hempstead and services Harris, Austin, Grimes and Washington Counties.

 

Ft Bend County Women’s Center (Richmond)

281/342-4357

Fort Bend County Women’s Center offers emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. The Center also offers crisis intervention, counseling, and support services. They provide education and outreach.

 

  Katy Christian Ministries Domestic Abuse Center (Katy)

281/391-4504

The Domestic Abuse Center is a non-residential service provider for victims of domestic and sexual assault. It helps clients obtain protective orders, establish safety plans, and provides referrals for emergency shelter placements.  Advocates help qualified victims file for Crime Victim's Compensation.  

 

La Rosa (Houston)

713/699-3974

La Rosa provides the following services: Adult Support Groups, Emergency Crisis Intervention, Individual Counseling, Family Therapy, Teen Support Group, and Information and Referrals.

 

  Montgomery County Women’s Center (Conroe)

281/367-8003

The Montgomery County Women's Center offers shelter, counseling, legal services, advocacy services, and a thrift store for victims of family violence and sexual assault. Eligible clients may also apply for scholarships annually. www.mcwcthewoodlands.org

Montrose Counseling Center

713/529-0037

Montrose Counseling Center provides 24-hour crisis counseling, emergency shelter, advocacy, professional therapy, support groups, case management, and education services to primarily the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities for clients in or leaving violent relationships. www.montrosecounselingcenter.org

New Horizon Family Center (Baytown)

281/422-2292

New Horizon Family Center provides counseling, assistance, and emergency shelter to victims of family violence and sexual assault. The Center has 24-hour crisis intervention, and information and referral services, as well as, accompaniment and advocacy to assist victims. The Center serves East Harris, South Liberty, and West Chambers counties.

Northwest Assistant Ministries

281/885-4673

The Family Violence Center at Northwest Assistance Ministries is dedicated to assisting victims of domestic abuse by providing crisis intervention services in addition to long-term support services. Services are provided in both English and Spanish. The toll free number is 1-888-750-4673. www.namonline.org

Prevent International Parental Child Abduction (PIPCA)

PIPCA was formed to increase awareness of the tragedy of international abduction and of preventive measures that can be ordered by a Court when a child is at risk of abduction. Threatening to take children away is abuse, as illustrated on the Wheel of Power and Control. www.pipca.org  

VIVA Clinic (Houston)

713/873-4980

The VIVA Clinic is located on the 2nd floor of Ben Taub General Hospital, open on Thursdays from 1 to 4 pm. Primary care, mental health, and advocacy services are available. Any survivor is eligible to visit the clinic to speak with a domestic violence advocate. Access to medical care if indicated can be facilitated.  

Women’s Center of Brazoria County (Angleton)                                                                   979/849-9553

The Women’s Center offers services to victims of domestic violence with shelter, counseling, and support help available. There are satellite offices in Pearland, Alvin, and West Columbia. The Center also does Protective Orders, holds parenting classes, and has a batterers’ program.  

 

Women’s Resource & Crisis Center (Galveston)

409/765-7233

The Women’s Resource and Crisis Center provides emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, clothing vouchers, and support groups for battered or sexual assault victims. The Center can write Protective Orders. It also has follow-up services and non-resident support groups.  

 

YMCA International Services (Houston)

713/995-4005

The Trafficked Persons Assistance Program provides comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking, including housing, legal assistance, counseling, medical treatment assistance, and case management. There are many other YMCA International programs. www.ymcahouston.org

   LAW ENFORCEMENT    

 

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The various police agencies respond to and investigate all reported domestic violence incidents that occur within their jurisdictions.  If you are being assaulted, fear an immediate assault or if the assault has just occurred, you should dial 911 immediately.  PLEASE NOTE:  Calling 911 may just be the first step.  If the abuser is not arrested at the scene and you wish to pursue criminal charges, then you may need to go to the command station serving the area where the assault occurred to file an official complaint.  Officers take statements and investigate cases of domestic violence, and, at some agencies, civilian advocates provide short-term crisis counseling and referral.  Survivors should be prepared to spend a minimum of 2-3 hours at a unit.  Witnesses can go and make statements in person or can write a statement and have it notarized for the survivor to take with her/him. To find out exactly what you can do for your specific case, call the police department where the incident occurs:

Alvin                          

281/388-4370

Baytown                  

281/422-8371

Beasley                                

281/341-4665

Bellaire                                 

713/668-0487

Brookshire              

281/375-5000

Bunker Hill              

713/468-7896

Deer Park                

281/479-1511

El Lago

281/326-5900

Fort Bend County Unincorporated Area

281/342-6116

Friendswood

281/996-3300

Galena Park

713/675-3471

Harris County Constable’s Office- Precinct #4

281/376-3472

Harris County Sheriff’s Department Family Violence Unit 

713/967-5743

Hedwig Village

713/461-4797

Hempstead

979/826-8033

Highlands

713/221-6000

Hilshire Village

713/465-8323

Houston Police Department Family Violence Unit

 

     Central Command Station,      1200 Travis, Suite 1101

 

     North Command Station,      9455 W. Montgomery

 

     West Command Station,      3203 S. Dairy Ashford

 

     South Command Station,      8300 Mykawa

   

 

713/308-1100  

 

713/405-6460  

 

713/585-4900  

 

713/731-5960

Humble

281/446-7127

Hunters Creek Village

713/468-7896

Jacinto City

713/672-2455

Jersey Village

713/466-5824

Katy

281/391-4848

Kendleton

979-532-8240

La Porte

281/471-2141

League City

281/332-2566

Meadows Place

281/983-2900

Memorial Villages

713/468-7878

Missouri City

281/261-4200

Morgan’s Point

281/471-2141

Nassau Bay

281/333-4200

Needville

409/793-4255

Orchard

281/341-4665

Pasadena

713/477-1221

Pattison

936/826-8033

Piney Point Village

281/652-1100

Pleak

713/468-7896

Prairie View

281/341-4665

Richmond

281/342-2849

Rosenberg

281/342-5566

Seabrook

281/291-5610

Sheldon

713/221-6000

Shoreacres

281/471-3340

Simonton

281/341-4665

South Houston

713/944-1910

Southside Place

713/668-2341

Spring Valley

713/465-8323

Stafford

281/261-3950

Sugarland

281/275-2500

Taylor Lake

281/326-5900

Thompsons

281/341-4665

Tomball

281/351-5451

Waller

936/826-8033

Webster

281/332-2426

West University

713/668-0330

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Harris County District Attorney’s Office:                                                        

Family Criminal Law Division (Protective Orders)

713/755-5888  

 

1201 Franklin, Second Floor, Suite 2160 Houston TX 77002

Prosecutes Class B and higher domestic violence offenses and Title 6 Family Crimes (bigamy, criminal nonsupport, interference with child custody, etc.), files applications for Protective Orders, and provides short-term crisis intervention and referral for victims of domestic violence. Victims who wish to pursue criminal charges should first contact the police agency where the incident occurred.  

Harris County District Attorney’s Office:

Victim Witness Program

713/755-6655

1201 Franklin, Suite 600, Houston, TX 77002

The Victim Witness Division contacts victims by mail once charges are filed to explain the criminal justice process, victims’ rights, victim impact statements, and crime victims’ compensation. The program also provides court accompaniment, referrals and other services.  

 

Houston Police Department Family Violence Unit (FVU)

713/308-1100

The Family Violence Unit exists primarily to conduct follow-up investigations of domestic violence crimes that occur in Houston. Victims should know that they must come to one of four FVU offices and give a written statement before an investigation will begin.  Family Violence counselors are available for consultation.  

 

Houston Police Department Victim Services Unit                                                                

713/308-0080

The Victim Services Unit provides the assistance needed to victims and families of victims in working with the appropriate law enforcement agencies. It provides information and referrals to social services within the Houston/ Harris County area. It acts as liaison to the Attorney General’s office in assisting victims and families of victims when applying for Crime Victims’ Compensation.  

LEGAL ASSISTANCE  

 

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There are a few organizations within Harris County that provide free legal representation for low-income individuals. These agencies may be able to assist domestic violence victims in obtaining divorces, child custody, and protective orders. If individuals do not qualify for pro bono (free) legal services, then they may have to hire a private attorney. 

Harris County District Attorney’s Office                                                           :

Family Criminal Law Division (Protective Orders Only)                                                                  

713/755-5888

1201 Franklin, 2nd Floor, Houston TX 77002

Victims of domestic violence (family or dating relationship in which there has been violence) may go in person to the Harris County District Attorney's Office to apply for a protective order. Interviewing hours are on a first-come, first-served basis, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is no charge for this service to the applicant. If available, victims should bring any information that will help establish a history of family violence, such as police report numbers, photos of injuries, and witness names and contact information. Victims who wish to file criminal charges in a family violence case should first contact the law enforcement agency which responds to where the incident occurred. For example, if the incident occurred in the City of Houston, victims should contact the Houston Police Department Family Violence Unit). 

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA)

713/224-9911

AVDA provides legal representation in family law matters (protective orders, divorce and child custody) for low-income survivors of domestic violence who reside in Harris County.  All program services are free, but individuals accepted for legal representation are responsible for paying Harris County filing fees and court costs. 

 

Attorney General’s Office: Child Support Division

713/974-4876 or 1-800-252-8014

 

This office will only set up custody as a means to establish child support.  If there is any dispute over custody arrangements between the parents, the AG will not handle the case.   

Houston Lawyer Referral Program

713/237-9429

This is a referral line to private attorneys.  If you specify that you need a reduced fee, then they will refer you to attorneys who are willing to work with your income and possibly set up a payment plan.  

 

Houston Volunteer Lawyers

713/228-0732

Lonestar Legal Foundation

713/652-5911

To receive services, you must complete a telephone intake by calling on Wednesdays between 9am and 11:45am.

  South Texas Legal Clinic - 713/652-0009

 

  Texas Southern University School of Law - 713/313-1075

 

  University of Houston Legal Clinic - 713/743-2094    

 

 

RESIDENCY PETITIONS FOR BATTERED IMMIGRANTS

If you are an undocumented immigrant who is being battered, you may be eligible to petition for U.S. residency under the Violence Against Women Act. Battered persons who are nonresidents, but married to U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents now can petition the courts to obtain residency without their spouse’s assistance. The following agencies help you prepare and file these petitions:  

Catholic Charities Cabrini Center

713/874-6570

Cabrini Center works with Immigration Law to help people who cannot afford to pay private attorneys. The department provides immigration help for people in many different circumstances, including abused men or women who qualify for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  

Katy Christian Ministries Domestic Abuse Center (Katy)

281/391-4504

DAC helps immigrant victims get immigration papers under VAWA and holds a bilingual support group weekly.  

YMCA International Services

713/995-4005

The Trafficked Persons Assistance Program provides comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking, including housing, legal assistance, counseling, medical treatment assistance, and case management. Other YMCA International programs include Immigration Counseling, a VAWA program assisting immigrant victims of domestic violence to self-petition, a Crime Victims Civil Legal Services Program, and Refugee Resettlement. www.ymcahouston.org

Immigration Counseling Center - 713/953-0047

 University of Houston Legal Clinic (Also an Immigration Clinic) - 713/743-2094  


COUNSELING FOR BATTERERS  

 PLEASE NOTE!!!

Couple Counseling

Couple counseling IS NOT recommended in cases where one partner is being verbally threatened, controlled, and/or physically or sexually assaulted.  It is inappropriate even when both parties request it and hope to maintain the relationship.  Couple counseling increases the danger to the victim and often colludes with the batterer by enforcing his/her belief that the victim causes the violence.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse

713/224-9911

AVDA offers an 18-week battering intervention and prevention program for men who are abusive and controlling in their intimate relationships.  It is the only program in the greater Houston area that both meets the Texas Battering Intervention and Prevention Program Guidelines and is monitored by the Community Justice Assistance Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  Groups are available in English and Spanish and offered at various times and locations.  The program operates on a sliding scale.  

HELPFUL WEBSITES: 

http://www.dhs.state.tx.us/programs/familyviolence/shelters.html

This website provides a list of all the shelters and non-resident programs in Texas.  

 

http://www.abanet.org/domviol/home.html

This is the American Bar Association Commission on domestic violence website. It provides information about domestic violence and helpful advice.  

 

http://www.ndvh.org/index.html

This is the National Domestic Violence Hotline website.  

 

http://www.endabuse.org 

The Family Violence Prevention Fund is a national organization that develops public education campaigns and materials regarding domestic violence and works with governments and businesses to advocate for public policies that decrease the incidence of domestic violence and support/assist survivors.  

 

http://www.childtrauma.org

This site provides good information on affect of domestic violence and other types of violence on children.