Recent News, Training and Events

Free 1 Hour Yoga Class

Article categories: events, news. Posted on: April 7, 2018

Date:  Sat., April 21, 2018
Time:  10:30 am to 11:30 am
Place:  Mercer Museum, 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown, PA
More Info: or 215-343-6543

Join Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) for a free 1-hour yoga class led by trauma-informed yoga instructor, Kelly Hagenbaugh, at the Mercer Museum!

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Join NOVA’s Speaker’s Bureau

Article categories: news, training. Posted on: March 27, 2018

NOVA invites you to join with our staff and volunteers to help spread the word about our programs and services so that everyone in the Bucks community knows where to get the help they need to exercise their rights in the criminal justice system and to recover from the physical, emotional and financial trauma of… Continue reading

Community Crisis Response Conference

Article categories: events, news, training. Posted on: January 25, 2018

Date:  May 2 to 4, 2018
Place:  Ramada Conference and Golf Hotel, 1450 S. Atherton Street, State College, PA  16801
Cost: $150 for Full Attendance, $50 for May 4th Keynotes only (fee includes meals during conference)
Registration and More Information

Open to anyone with an interest in community crisis… Continue reading

Painting with a Purpose

Article categories: events, news. Posted on: January 20, 2018

Date:  Friday, May 4, 2018
Time:  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Place:  998 Second Street Pike, Richboro, PA 18954
Cost:  $35 a person (50% of ticket sales will support the Bucks County Children’s Advocacy Center – a program of NOVA’s)
Register Online:

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2018 Elder Abuse Symposium – Registration Open

Article categories: events, news, training. Posted on: January 15, 2018

William J. Neff Sr. Symposium on the Prevention of Crimes Against Older Adults

DATE: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
TIME: 8:30 am to 4:15 pm
PLACE: Bucks County Community College, Gateway Center – Auditorium, 275 Swamp Rd, Newtown, PA 18940
COST: Free
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Forensic Nursing Conference – REGISTER NOW

Article categories: events, news, training. Posted on: January 10, 2018

Third Annual Southeastern Pennsylvania Forensic Nursing Conference

hosted by
Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health and Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA)

DATE: Friday, June 1, 2018
TIME: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
PLACE: Abington Jefferson Health,1200 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001
COST: Cost: $50.00 (breakfast and lunch included)Continue reading


Article categories: events, news. Posted on: January 5, 2018

Run, Walk, Stroll or Roll Against Bullying!  Join us for family friendly activities, raffles and character appearances!
Date:  Sunday, June 10, 2018
Register at:
Time:  7:30 am (registration opens) 8:30 am (1 mile fun run) and 9:00 am (5 mile run)
Cost: $10 for 1 mile… Continue reading

Bucks Co Conference on Crimes Against Children

Article categories: events, news, training. Posted on: January 1, 2018

Save the Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Place: Delaware Valley University

The 7th Annual Bucks County Conference on Crimes Against Children focuses on the multidisciplinary team approach for recognizing and investigating crimes against children. The objective of this conference is to provide resources to professionals practicing in the field of child abuse investigation, treatment… Continue reading

Bingo – Coach for a Cause

Article categories: events, news. Posted on: December 30, 2017

Help Support the Bucks County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC):

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 1, 2018

DATE:  Friday, September 28, 2018
TIME:  5:15 pm to 10:00 pm
PLACE:  St. Anne’s Ukrainian Church Bingo Hall
1545 Easton Road, Warrington, PA  18976
More information:

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Fostering a Culture Where Victims Can Speak Out

Article categories: events, news. Posted on: December 28, 2017

NOVA’s Executive Director, Penny Ettinger, wrote an Opinion piece to the Bucks County Courier Times.
We would like to hear your opinion!  Please go to the article and leave a comment on the bottom:

Guest Opinion: Let’s foster a culture where victims feel they can speak out

So many of… Continue reading

Trauma Support Groups Forming

Article categories: events, news. Posted on: November 11, 2017

Trauma-Informed Yoga Group – forming for the spring

Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse – forming now

Call Hotline at 1-800-675-6900 for more information and ask for Charity or e-mail –

After Las Vegas shootings: What do we tell the kids?

Article categories: events, news. Posted on: October 2, 2017

Parent Child Talking

This guide offers thoughts on how parents can help their children process Monday’s terrible news out of Las Vegas.

Trauma Informed Yoga Group

Article categories: events, news. Posted on: July 17, 2017

NOVA was awarded a grant from Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to bring Trauma Informed Yoga Groups to NOVA’s clients. Extensive research through Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center has proven that yoga is an effective strategy for treating the symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Survivors of sexual trauma often struggle with feeling unsafe and… Continue reading

Press Conference – Outreach to Child Abuse Victims

Article categories: events, news. Posted on: February 21, 2017

NOVA hosted a press conference March 1st at their main office in Jamison, PA. Two very brave women released statements that they were the victims of suspected serial child sex offender, William Charles Thomas and offered messages of hope and encouragement to anyone who is a victim of child sexual assault.

“I want women… Continue reading

Listen to NOVA’s Executive Director’s Informative Interview

Article categories: news. Posted on: January 18, 2017

We are happy to announce that Penny Ettinger, Executive Director of Network of Victim Assistance was recently interviewed on “FCP Conversations Online”.

FCP Conversations Online is a digital broadcast which features community organizations that share FCP’s mission and are making a difference in the lives of our neighbors.

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Program to Respond to Victims of Sexual Assault

Article categories: news. Posted on: May 31, 2016

NOVA Develops County-wide Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program

Article can be found in the June/July 2016 Bucks County Women’s Journal –
For More Information on the SANE Program Contact:  Debbie Nugent at 215-343-6543 or

Lucia Giron, BSN, RN, SANE, and Cynthia Vingara Wallace, RN, SANE, both… Continue reading

Kids and Social Media – Keeping them Safe

Article categories: news. Posted on: March 31, 2016

Watch the video to get valuable online safety tips from Steve Doerner, NOVA’s Victim Advocate Coordinator.

In fairness, it’s completely understandable.  For some parents who were born and raised in a world more familiar with a telegram than Instagram, social media can seem to be an incoherent and manufactured world of selfies,… Continue reading

Free Vinemobile App to Track Offenders

Article categories: events, news. Posted on: March 29, 2016

Vinemobile makes it much easier to track and be notified of the status of offenders in county correctional institutions and the PA State Prison System.  This mobile app is available through the Apple App Store and Google Play and can be downloaded on Android and iPhone devices.  Vinemobile is completely free and anonymous for users,… Continue reading

NOVA’s Executive Director Announces Retirement After 25 Years

Article categories: news. Posted on: January 6, 2016

After 25 years of excellent leadership, Barbara P. Clark is preparing to step down in 2016 from her position as executive director of Network of Victim Assistance and the agency is launching a search for a new executive director.

“The Board of Directors is deeply grateful to Barbara for her vision, her passion for NOVA’s… Continue reading

Boutique to Help Bucks County Teens

Article categories: news. Posted on: January 5, 2016

NOVA Thrift Shop volunteer, Hannah Sexton started a community service project that helps Bucks County teens. Through the help of the NOVA Thrift Shop and her friends, Hannah sets up a pop up boutique for clothing at a local women’s shelter to help teenagers in need.  Watch the video to learn more.

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