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Advocacy Program

The Vera House Advocacy Program provides comprehensive services to all victims of domestic, sexual and family violence and other victims of crime. All Vera House Advocacy Program services are free.


  • 24-hour crisis & support lines: a trained advocate is always available to listen, and offer information & referrals
  • Crisis intervention: face-to-face, confidential crisis-intervention at area hospitals, law enforcement offices, schools, nursing homes, etc.
  • Short-term counseling: focused on understanding the dynamics of abusive relationships, developing a safety plan, sorting out options and offering general emotional support
  • Support and education groups: day and evening groups for survivors of violence, which offer education and information about community services in a confidential, supportive setting where survivors can connect with others who have experienced abusive or violent relationships
  • Domestic Violence Education Class: designed to inform the public about the dynamics of domestic violence and the toll it takes on families and societies
    through basic education and information provided in a safe, comfortable, non-judgmental group setting
  • Outreach: through advocates stationed at Child Protective Services, the specialized Domestic Violence Courts and the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office
  • Comprehensive systems advocacy: for domestic violence, sexual assault & other victims of crime, including assistance with Crime Victims' Board compensation claims
  • Family Court/Domestic Violence Helpdesk: provides assistance preparing petitions for Temporary Orders of Protection and Custody. We offer information and referrals, and in some cases, advocacy in Family Court. At the Onondaga County Courthouse, we accept walk-ins on a first come, first served basis in Room 101
  • Monday Night Legal Clinic: the Onondaga County Women's Bar Association offers consultations with attorneys who are knowledgeable about legal issues related to domestic violence, where clients not currently represented by an attorney or those who have not used the service before can explore topics such as divorce and custody
  • Seeking Out Answers Resources (SOAR): SOAR is a domestic violence education/self awareness program that covers the following topics: What is Domestic Violence; How does Domestic Violence affect children, family & your community; Anger (yours, not theirs); Boundaries; Assertive vs. Aggressive Behavior; and Self-Care

The objective of the Vera House Advocacy Program is to assist individuals in achieving their long-term goal to live free of violence, by providing services that:

  • respond to victims' immediate, crisis-driven needs and address safety issues for themselves and their families
  • ensure victims' access to critically needed intervention and services from law enforcement, courts, attorneys, therapists, medical practitioners, clergy, etc.
  • educate victims and their families about the dynamics and impact of their domestic/sexual/family violence experience, and find ways to stay safe in the future
  • support and empower victims toward long-term stability

If you are the victim of abuse, you may want to talk to someone who understands and can help you sort out your options. Call our crisis & support lines 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

  • 315-468-3260
  • 315-484-7263 (TTY for Deaf community - business hours only)

Click HERE to contact our Advocacy Program Coordinator for more information.

Click HERE to view a 4-minute video about the Vera House Advocacy Program produced and narrated by Christina Carney and Roseanne Olszewski.


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