Meet the Staff: Standing with Our Neighbors

Published: November 16, 2016   |   No Comments  |  Read more

  Ayanna Jones-Lightsy Staff Attorney, Standing with Our Neighbors Program Ayanna focuses on housing issues in the Thomasville Heights neighborhood of Atlanta. She obtained her B.A. in history from Clark […]

Huge Win for AGG Associate and AVLF Client

Published: October 26, 2016   |   No Comments  |  Read more

Jennifer Shelfer, an Arnall Golden Gregory associate, met Ms. Valiway on a recent Saturday morning at AVLF’s weekly legal clinic. Ms. Valiway explained that she, her five young children, and her elderly mother rented a house that had fallen into disrepair. The sink, bathtub, and toilet were so clogged that Ms. Valiway had to scoop water out and throw it outside. The HVAC was broken, and the house was sweltering. The appliances were barely operable, and most windows were nailed shut. There were holes in the bathroom walls. Roaches had the run of the house and even got inside the ancient refrigerator. The exterminator refused to come back after the landlord did not pay him.

A Busy October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2016

Published: October 26, 2016   |   No Comments  |  Read more

This year’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month kept AVLF’s Safe & Stable Families Team incredibly busy, as they partnered and collaborated with various community organizations to educate the public on the dangers of domestic violence and how to assist survivors.

The Difference a Lawyer Can Make

Published: October 4, 2016   |   No Comments  |  Read more

What difference can a lawyer make? Ask Ms. Daniels, whose studio apartment flooded last summer. The resulting mold was so intense that Ms. Daniels went to the hospital several times.

Recap: AVLF at the Movies 2016

Published: September 27, 2016   |   No Comments  |  Read more

Again this year, AVLF at the Movies offered the community an intimate, unflinching portrait of the challenges faced by those who are marginalized. Nearly 150 friends of AVLF gathered at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema on Tuesday, September 20, for a screening of Private Violence, which tells a story of violence, frustration, and sadness that also includes resilience, promise, and even hope for victims of intimate partner violence who choose to stand up against their abuser (

The Unexpected Benefits of Pro Bono

Published: August 30, 2016   |   No Comments  |  Read more

20—Number of people abused by a partner in the U.S. each minute. 20,000—Daily average number of calls received by domestic violence hotlines. $8.3 billion—Estimated annual cost of domestic violence in the U.S. 35 percent—Estimated number of domestic violence cases reported.