Volunteer Take: Few Legal Endeavors Are As Rewarding as Potentially Saving a Client’s Life

Published: August 31, 2017   |   No Comments  |  Read more

One of the first things you learn in domestic violence training at AVLF is that violence can occur in any relationship, regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation. We saw that firsthand. She was married to her abuser for decades and had several children with him. Both were highly educated, well-employed, and, to the outside world, had presented as a nearly perfect family. Until he tried to kill her.

2016 AVLF at the Movies: Private Violence

Published: August 22, 2017   |   No Comments  |  Read more

Nearly 150 friends of AVLF gathered at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 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.

2015 AVLF at the Movies: Paycheck to Paycheck

Published: August 22, 2017   |   No Comments  |  Read more

On Monday, September 21, 2015, AVLF hosted the second installment of AVLF at the Movies and featured the groundbreaking HBO Documentary Film Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert. Over 200 friends of AVLF attended the powerful documentary chronicling the daily struggle of a working mother of three, Katrina Gilbert. 

2014 AVLF at the Movies: American Winter

Published: August 22, 2017   |   No Comments  |  Read more

Directed by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz (Taxicab Confessions, The Defenders) American Winter follows the personal stories of eight families struggling in the wake of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Georgia Finally Feels Like Home

Published: August 2, 2017   |   No Comments  |  Read more

Ms. O’Brien fled to Georgia to escape her husband, who routinely abused her – at one point he even held a knife to her throat. Not long after she arrived in Atlanta, he followed her here. 

Letter from Leadership: AVLF Expands to Six New Schools

Published: August 1, 2017   |   No Comments  |  Read more

This time of year can be a moment of excitement and trepidation – of opportunity and real challenges. With two young daughters at home, heading into Pre-K and 1st Grade, I understand this dynamic well. It is my role as a father that weighs heavily on my mind as I head to work each day. I am all too aware of the intersection of our housing and work children’s ability to go back to school ready to learn. 

How Many Volunteers Does It Take to Win a Case?

Published: July 18, 2017   |   No Comments  |  Read more

After living in her house for several years, Ms. Arrington discovered both her air conditioner and her kitchen sink were leaking. Even after her attorney’s advocacy forced the landlord to make repairs, he refused to reimburse Ms. Arrington for her water-logged property.