Vera House's Crisis & Support Web Chat Safely Connects Users With Advocates
“I felt completely calmed down and in a great state of mind.” This is what our client, Meg*, shared after using our Web Chat tool.
Sometimes it’s not safe or comfortable to call our 24/7 support & information line (315-468-3260). This spring, we launched our Web Chat service allowing users to anonymously connect with a Vera House advocate for help, support, information, or as Meg did, as a check-in between appointments. Meg connected with a Vera House advocate who was able to “chat” with her via a typewritten conversation. During the chat, Meg said, “the advocate asked me to answer some questions like name five colors you can see right now and name three things you can reach out and touch now.” We were happy to hear Meg report, “this interaction made me feel better.”
If you have questions or feel unsafe, connect with us on Web Chat. We have trained advocates available daily from 8:30 am – 11:00 pm ready to help.
*Name changed to protect the privacy of our client.
A Message to Andrew Cuomo
“The Friends of Andrew Cuomo” spent over $300,000 to launch an ad campaign designed to paint former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as a victim of political attacks because of the sexual harassment claims against him. We cannot allow this gaslighting to continue while the ad revictimizes victims of not only Cuomo’s sexual harassment but ANYONE who has ever experienced abuse. The tactics used by Cuomo and his supporters further represent the barriers that survivors face every day that prevent them from coming forward and getting support.
We at Vera House have asked Andrew Cuomo to take accountability for the harm he has caused on multiple occasions. Instead of admitting to his wrongdoings, he continues to use power and control to suppress and invalidate the truths of the survivors. Today we released a video, produced by Solon Quinn Studios and supported by Survivors’ Network, that sends a powerful message to survivors, "I believe you."
We are asking you to help us amplify the video so that survivors throughout New York and the rest of the world know that we believe and stand with them.
Here’s how to get involved:
1. Share our post on Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter
2. Engage with our content on Instagram and TikTok
3. Share survivor support resources from your organization
4. Tag @verahouseinc
For any questions or to request an interview with a member of Survivors' Network, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org