What Is An Advocate
The Vera House Advocacy Program assists individuals in achieving their long-term goal to live free of violence and abuse. Vera House Advocates are available to meet you at area hospitals, police stations, schools, nursing homes, etc. They provide short-term counseling to assist you in understanding the dynamics of abusive relationships, develop a safety plan, act as a liaison between you and any systems you may be connected to, provide information and referrals, and offer emotional support. To connect with an Advocate, please contact our 24-Hour Crisis and Support Line at (315) 468-3260.
The Elder Advocate provides advocacy services to older adults experiencing abuse in later life including domestic and sexual violence, elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Services include emotional support, safety planning, and systems navigation.
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A Vera House Advocate is stationed at the Onondaga County Department of Child and Family Services, the specialized domestic violence courts, and the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office.
- The Legal Project - Under the direction of our staff attorney, we provide trauma-informed legal services to adults who have experienced domestic and sexual violence. We offer one-time legal consults as well as comprehensive, direct representation in divorce and family court matters. We also provide consultation and direct representation on issues with a connection to the abuse, including bankruptcy and immigration. All services are free. Click HERE to contact our Legal Project.
- Family Court - A Vera House advocate or volunteer can meet you at Onondaga Family Court to help you fill out a petition for a temporary order of protection. We serve walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis. Family Court is located at 401 Montgomery Street, and the clerk’s office is in Room 101. Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. — 4 p.m.
- Monday Night Legal Clinic - Attorneys with the Central New York Women’s Bar Association and the Volunteer Lawyers’ Project provide 45-minute legal consults on Monday evenings to those who have experienced domestic and sexual violence. Those who are already represented by an attorney are ineligible to participate in the Clinic. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (315) 425-0818.
- Child Victims Act - If you are a victim of child sexual abuse and are looking for information and resources about the New York State Child Victims Act, please call us at (315) 468-3260 or email our Legal Project at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Domestic Violence Education Classes
A 10-session educational group that provides information about the dynamics of domestic violence in a safe, comfortable, and non-judgmental setting. Both daytime and evening classes are available. To register, please contact our 24-Hour Crisis and Support Line at (315) 468-3260.
Office Of Victim Services
A Vera House Advocate can assist individuals affected by crime by filing a claim with the New York State Office of Victim Services. For more information about the Office of Victim Services, please visit their website at https://ovs.ny.gov/.
For more information on the Vera House Advocacy Program, click HERE to email our Director of Advocacy.