Recent News, Training and Events

Human Trafficking Conference: Building Awareness & Taking Action in Bucks County

Article categories: events, news, training. Posted on: November 16, 2017

Date: January 9, 2018 (Snow Date: Jan. 10)
Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Place: Delaware Valley University, Life Sciences Building, 700 East Butler Ave, Doylestown, PA 18901
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Please join us for the inaugural BCAT conference that brings together healthcare providers, law enforcement,… Continue reading

Community Crisis Response Conference

Article categories: events, news, training. Posted on: November 15, 2017

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

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 Support Groups Forming

Article categories: events, news. Posted on: October 1, 2017

Trauma-Informed Yoga Group – forming for the spring

TREM Group (Trauma Recorvery and Empowerment Model) – forming for adult women survivors of sexual trauma.  Starting in the fall in Perkasie and in the Fairless Hills Office.

Parent of Teenage Survivors of Sexual Trauma – Support group forming in Fairless Hills office 

Male Survivors of… Continue reading

Training on Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse at BCCC

Article categories: events, news, training. Posted on: September 10, 2017

Do you need Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse training?

All health-related licensed professionals and funeral directors, who are licensed through the Department of State, are required under ACT 31 of 2014 in PA to receive 3 hours of training on Mandated Reporting as a condition of renewal for their license. This training is approved by… Continue reading

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

NO BULLying Run – Results Are In…

Article categories: events, news. Posted on: April 20, 2017

5 Mile & 1 Mile Results Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers and participants
the 5th Annual NO BULLying Run and Fun Walk was a success!

Thank you to our 2017 TITLE Sponsor:

Penn Community Bank

Thank you to our 2017 PLATINUM Sponsors:

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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.

And be sure… Continue reading

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.

(After hitting… Continue reading

Doylestown Mennonite Makes Holidays Brighter for Victims of Crime

Article categories: news. Posted on: December 3, 2015

Pictured:  Doylestown Mennonite Church members KrisAnne Swartley, left, Minister of Information & Mission, Heidi Swartley, age 12, and Benjamin Swartley, age 10, deliver food, toiletries, gifts and cash to Kathy Bennett, Associate Director for NOVA. The items were collected by the congregation for the church’s “Thanksgiving in Action” program.

Every holiday season, counselors… Continue reading

Bench Dedicated to Det. Kevin Cornish at Crime Victims Arbor

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On October 29, Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) dedicated a memorial bench in the Crime Victims Commemorative Arbor at Core Creek Park to honor the late Bensalem Township Police Department detective, Kevin Cornish, who passed away suddenly on January 31, 2015.

Detective Cornish was a good friend and staunch supporter of NOVA, the… Continue reading

Help for Victims Outside Bucks Co, PA

Article categories: news. Posted on: April 16, 2015

An article by Evan Grossman, mentioning Network of Victim Assistance, recently appeared in Men’s Health, Rolling Stone and other publications. Help for victims of crime outside of Bucks County, Pennsylvania can be found at the following national websites :

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network – 800-656-HOPE (4673)

National Organization for… Continue reading

House Renews Efforts to End Human Trafficking

Article categories: news. Posted on: January 28, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) took to the House floor this week in recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month and in support of legislative efforts to address the crime and its victims.

“Putting an end to the deplorable crime of human trafficking and modern day slavery in our region and around the… Continue reading

Fundraising for Human Trafficking

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The International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA) is a student run pro bono organization at Penn Law that supports human rights advocacy throughout the world.  NOVA is partnering with the Penn Law/IHRA in their work on human trafficking and domestic violence in Moldova.  Help support their work by ordering a tee-shirt or hoodie today.

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Supporting Children & Teens – Addressing Child Sexual Abuse – NOVA Facilitated a Community Conversation

Article categories: events, news. Posted on: October 17, 2014

In response to parents’ concerns and children’s questions surrounding the allegations of sexual assault of a student by a teacher in the Central Bucks School District – and a desire to support and protect students in all school districts – Network of Victim Assistance facilitated a community conversation on Monday, September 22, 2014 at Tamanend Middle… Continue reading