Vera House is committed to ensuring our programs and services are welcoming to everyone. If you need assistance to ensure our services meet your needs, please call us at 315-425-0818 or click HERE to send an e-mail.
Vera House Programs
24-Hour Crisis & Support Lines
315-484-7263 (TTY for Deaf community - during business hours)
Short-term supportive and educational counseling, support groups and advocacy with legal, medical and social systems for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes. Click HERE to learn more.
Domestic violence education and accountability program designed to challenge the beliefs and attitudes of individuals who have been abusive to their partners and/or ex-partners. Click HERE to contact the Alternatives Program Coordinator.
Community/Youth Prevention & Education Program
School-based, community and professional education programs offered on a variety of topics, including sexual abuse prevention, domestic violence awareness, healthy relationships, dating violence and elder abuse. Click HERE to learn more about the Youth Education Program. Click HERE to schedule a community or professional education program.
Elder Abuse Education & Outreach
Elder Abuse programs can be tailored to senior groups, community organizations and professionals who work with the elderly. In addition, we have an Elder Abuse Committee which meets regularly to improve services to older adults in our community. For more information about our education programs or Elder Abuse Committee, click HERE.
Emergency Shelter Services
Comprehensive emergency sheltering services to women and men in crisis and their children. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at two confidential locations. Call our 24-hour Crisis & Support Line at 315-468-3260 for more information.
Envisioning Change & Healthy Options for Families (ECHO)
Targets adjudicated Juvenile Delinquents and Persons in Need of Supervision through home-based family therapy in collaboration with the Onondaga County Probation Department, with the goal of preventing placement or shortening the time an adolescent stays in out-of-home care. Click HERE for more information.
Services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgered, queer/questioning survivors of violence. Click HERE to learn more.
Men's Outreach/12 Men Model
Offers pre-violence, preventive dialogue and awareness-raising in a variety of community forums. Our "12 Men Model" began during our 2009 White Ribbon Campaign when we asked 12 men to take a leadership role in the campaign and recruit 11 others to join them in their pledge to never support, commit or remain silent about abuse. These men and their associates have been offered educational opportunities with our Men's Outreach Coordinator so they can help spread the message that there is "No Excuse for Abuse". Click HERE to contact the Men's Outreach Coordinator for more information.
New Directions: Rape Crisis & Sexual Assault Services
Includes 24-hour crisis response, individual, family & group counseling/therapy, medical advocacy, information and referral for victims of sexual assault. Click HERE to learn more.
Pet Foster Care Program
Volunteers take companion animals into their homes temporarily to enable individuals in abusive relationships to seek shelter knowing their pets will be cared for. Click HERE to learn more. Click HERE to contact the Foster Pet Program Coordinator.
An inclusive system, in partnership with ARISE, to provide comprehensive services to people with disabilities and Deaf people who are survivors of domestic and sexual violence. This Project, funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, strives to ensure access, equality, empowerment and safety through the efforts of knowledgeable providers. Click HERE to contact our Project Emerge Coordinator. Click HERE to visit our partner's website.
Syracuse Area Domestic & Sexual Violence Coalition
Brings together community members and representatives from a spectrum of organizations and professional groups to develop and coordinate a community-wide response to domestic violence and sexual assault while building a culture of equality and non-violence. Click HERE to learn more.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program
A specially trained team of nurses provides timely and compassionate care with 24-hour response for victims of sexual abuse.
Volunteers are recruited and trained for many service opportunities, including crisis calls, shelter programs, family court assistance, sexual assault advocacy, foster pet care, non-direct service and special events. Click HERE to learn more.
Youth Counseling Services
Specialized individual, family and group counseling services to meet the unique needs of youth affected by sexual abuse and/or domestic violence.