Program Reports

Safe & Stable Families

The Safe & Stable Families project is devoted to helping survivors of intimate partner abuse achieve safety and stability. Our committed team of social workers, attorneys, legal support, and more work to holistically address survivors’ needs, from Temporary Protective Orders to emergency lodging to health and safety supplies.

Our Programs

The Safe Families Office

Walk-in (currently virtual!) lawyer-staffed advice clinic for survivors of intimate partner abuse
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Standing with Survivors

Mobile advocacy program that meets survivors out in the community
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Family Law Program

Provides free family law representation for survivors of intimate partner abuse
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Guardian ad Litem

Trains local attorneys to serve as pro bono guardians ad litem, representing the best interests of the children, in high-conflict custody cases
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AVLF Receives Donated Mobile Response Unit to Help Atlanta Domestic Violence Survivors

AVLF was honored to receive a Mercedes Sprinter Van Thursday from Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead, which was transformed by Live More Campervans into a mobile response unit designed to serve survivors of domestic violence.

Each year, AVLF provides support to more than 5,000 people who are experiencing intimate partner abuse. Access to legal aid can help domestic violence survivors leave dangerous situations, yet there are many barriers that can prevent them from securing help.

The first of its kind in Atlanta, the van will allow lawyers, social workers and program experts to rapidly reach those in need, meeting them where they are to provide immediate assistance.

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Compassion and Care

Ms. Davis* felt completely alone- she didn’t know anyone else who had suffered intimate partner abuse, and while she knew that she should probably leave, she didn’t know how. She lived with her boyfriend of three years, and couldn’t afford a new residence on her own. But her boyfriend made the choice easier for her when he attacked her one night, hitting her so hard that she lost sight in one eye and blood was pouring down her face. As she was trying to get to safety, he grabbed a knife and came after her with it. This wasn’t the first time that he had put his hands on her, but the risk of losing one of her eyes gave her the strength to leave. She came to the Safe Families Office, where she was met with compassion and care. Advocates there walked her through the Temporary Protective Order process and stayed with her every step of the way.

Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation paired her with an experienced attorney who represented her pro bono at her evidentiary hearing. She was awarded an order that kept her boyfriend from contacting her or coming close to her and ordered him to reimburse her for her medical bills, attend Family Violence Intervention Program courses, and undergo drug and alcohol evaluation. Even after the hearing and volunteer commitment was over, AVLF’s volunteer attorney continued to advocate on Ms. Davis’ behalf when her boyfriend failed to send payment as ordered. Ms. Davis reported, “My lawyer made me feel reassured and I honestly got a sense of comfort and protection knowing there was someone that cared about the severity of my case. I will never forget [my attorney] and what he did for me.

Safe & Stable Homes

The Safe & Stable  Homes project is AVLF’s eviction defense force meeting clients at the Courthouse, in the community and on Saturdays to ensure the safety and stability. Our team fights for housing conditions,  against illegal evictions, and for unpaid wages.

Our Programs

Housing Court Assistance Center

Walk-in advice clinic for Fulton County tenants facing eviction
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Saturday Lawyer Program

One-on-one legal support for Atlanta workers and tenants
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Eviction Defense Program

Free legal advice and representation for Fulton County residents with active evictions
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Standing With Our Neighbors Program

Place-based legal support and wraparound services operating out of nine Atlanta schools
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Dollars for Judgments

Collection assistance to make sure clients recover all funds awarded to them in court

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Atlanta City Council Awards Grant to Launch Access to Counsel Pilot

The Atlanta City Council on Tuesday approved a $500,000 grant to the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF) to expand its free legal services for people facing eviction.

The funding will support an AVLF pilot partnership with the Atlanta Public Defender’s Office to supply free lawyers to Atlanta renters who can’t afford one in eviction cases. City Councilmember Liliana Bakhtiari, who wrote the legislation, told Atlanta Civic Circle that the city council hopes to secure another $500,000 in matching funds from philanthropies.

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Community Support & Partnerships

The Community Support and Partnerships program intervenes with Fulton County residents who are on the verge of eviction due to financial hardships. This dedicated team is responsible for screening, conducting intake, and approving all emergency assistance requests. The team has been dedicated to supporting residents affected by the Forest Cove Diaspora.

By the Numbers

Fulton County residents received financial assistance

distributed directly to clients for emergency financial assistance

Forest Cove Diaspora

On October 24th, Mayor Andre Dickens held a press conference outside of Forest Cove Apartments to announce that all residents have been relocated to safe and stable homes. The City of Atlanta in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta reached out to community partners for guidance and assistance. AVLF was there to stand with the residents of Forest Cove and will continue to work with them through the next phases of property rehabilitation and return to their community.

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AVLF All-Star Awards

On April 20, 2022, we hosted the 2nd Annual All-Star Awards. Our community came together to celebrate our community partners and volunteers. We also presented the Martin Louis Ellin Lifetime Achievement Award to Elizabeth Finn Johnson and the 2022 Hero Award to Judge Christopher Brasher for his years of service in Fulton County Superior Court. 

Thank you for your incredible commitment to our mission, and we’re so grateful to celebrate everyone who continues to show up for your neighbors. In case you missed it, here’s a full list of our All-Star Award winners!