The New York State Office of Victims Services awarded Vera House a five-year grant to provide comprehensive, trauma-informed legal services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. We are proud to offer the following services:
- 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 FOR ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS. 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. — 4:00 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, email our Legal Project at firstname.lastname@example.org or review our Civil Attorney Preferred Providers list.
Are you a law student interested in volunteering or completing an externship with the Legal Project? Contact Director of Legal Services Bryn Lovejoy-Grinnell HERE.