Legal Advocacy

What is legal advocacy?

A legal advocate works on behalf of another person to advocate for their rights or needs within the legal system or student conduct process. Advocacy for survivors of sexual and relationship violence has many dimensions, but is rooted in assisting each survivor in their healing process. Self-determination and autonomy, feeling heard, and social support are important factors in healing that advocates and their emotional support counterparts can provide.

Legal Advocacy Resources

Advocacy can take place in a variety of environments, with survivors victimized across the lifespan, and throughout varying stages of a survivor’s healing process. In addition to representation, legal advocates provide consultations with information on options and resources.

On Campus

  • Student Legal Services at 315.443.4532
  • Legal Counsel 

Off Campus

  • Syracuse’s local domestic and sexual violence advocacy center is Vera House (315.468.3260). Vera House provides advocacy, shelter, counseling, and prevention programs. 
  • Employees and graduate students may contact the Onondaga County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service for assistance at 315.471.2690
  • Legal Services of Central NY 877.777.6152

Hotlines Available 24 Hours A Day, 7 Days A Week

  • The Barnes Center Counseling 315.443.8000
  • Vera House 315.468.3260. A TTY crisis line is also available for the Deaf Community during business hours at 315.484.7263.
  • RAINN 800.656.HOPE (4673)
  • New York State Domestic Violence Hotline 1.800.942.6906