About Verity

Committed to our community.

About Verity

Our Mission

Working in cooperation with the community, Verity strives to eliminate all forms of violence, with a special focus on sexual assault and abuse. Sexual assault is an unacceptable form of oppression, which is destructive to the lives of the survivors, their families, and their friends.

Verity facilitates healing and promotes the prevention of violence by providing counseling, advocacy, intervention, and education in our community.

Our Philosophy

Verity supports social justice and equality for all adults and children who have been sexually assaulted. We are committed to ending sexual violence by working to eliminate the conditions that cause or tolerate it.

We realize that the process to end the violence in our communities includes a collaboration of individuals, groups, and organizations. We are an active partner in that effort as a member of the community.

Our History

Verity was founded in 1974 as Women Against Rape, a grassroots organization for those traumatized by the rape of women. The agency included a phone number that women and survivors of assault could call for emotional support. Learn more

Who We Serve

Verity serves people of all backgrounds who have been affected by sexual violence. We serve survivors of sexual assault, whether the assault happened today or 50 years ago. We serve survivors, their family members, and their support systems. We serve families, couples, individuals, friends, and more. Sexual violence affects whole networks of people.

Our services are provided regardless of the perceived severity of their assault. All sexual assault is violence. We have staff and resources to help everyone, so please do not refrain from reaching out just because you think another survivor may have it worse than you.

Verity works with clients of all genders, races, sexual orientations, abilities, socioeconomic levels, ages, incomes, nationalities, immigration statuses, ethnicities, neurotypes, and gender expressions. Your identity is not a barrier to accessing our services or other agencies we work with.

We serve all residents of Sonoma County, regardless of where you were assaulted. We also serve anyone who was assaulted in Sonoma County. Even if you have no relation to Sonoma County, we will do our best to refer you to the appropriate rape crisis center or another resource in a different area of the state, country, or world.

Residents of Petaluma can come to speak with an advocate at our Santa Rosa office, our office at the Family Justice Center, or the Petaluma Police Department. Residents of all other cities and towns should come to our Santa Rosa office or the Family Justice Center.

Therapy services are currently offered at our Santa Rosa office and the Family Justice Center. 

Anyone can always call our Crisis Line at (707) 545-7273 at any time, day or night. We always have at least two people able to take your calls. No problem is too big or too small to speak with an advocate about over the phone, and you can remain anonymous if you need to.

Upcoming Events

Come listen, learn, and laugh with us at one of our upcoming events. We offer classes, workshops, seminars, and more.

Community Education

We strongly believe that sexual assault community education is key to eliminating sexual violence from our lives.

(707) 545-7273

Our crisis line is available 24/7. Just click to call.

Contact Verity

Please do not message Verity with personal information.

We welcome questions and feedback from our community! To send us an email, please fill out the adjacent form and we’ll respond to you as quickly as we are able. Our typical response time is within two business days.

Please note: In order to protect your confidentiality, please call our Crisis Line at (707) 545-7273 for all crisis related inquiries.  Thank you!