Recent News, Training and Events

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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KCIT Basic Crisis Response Team Training

Article categories: news, training. Posted on: February 22, 2017

Keystone Crisis Intervention Team (KCIT)
Date:  June 19-22, 2017 – all day training
Place:  Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, State College, PA
Cost:  $250 (includes hotel, training materials, breakfast and lunch each day)
Contact:  Michelle Kern at 215-343-6543 or
Application Deadline:  May 12, 2017

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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.

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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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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.

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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

NOVA’s 2015 Galaxy Auction – Thank You!

Article categories: events, news. Posted on: October 4, 2015

Thank you for making Galaxy Auction 2015 a success!

2-Time Stanley Cup Champion Bill Clement was the Honorary Chair at NOVA’s Galaxy Auction.

The 2015 Galaxy Auction, hosted by two-time Stanley Cup champ and long-time NOVA supporter Bill Clement, raised much needed funds and awareness for Network of Victim Assistance programs… Continue reading

Home of Child Molester Sold, Money Will Help Victims

Article categories: events, news. Posted on: May 3, 2015

LOWER MAKFIELD TWP., Pa. (WPVI) — The home of a convicted child molester in Bucks County has been sold, and the money will be used to help victims.

Thomas Holliday is serving what is essentially a life sentence for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl as well as possessing and producing child pornography.

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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)

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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

40th Anniversary Celebration & Auction was a Success!

Article categories: events, news. Posted on: October 15, 2014

Thank you everyone for making the 40th Celebration and Auction a resounding success!
(See NOVA’s Facebook page for more photos.)

Bucks County Commissioner Robert G. Loughery with Michelle Obetz (NOVA board member and Chair of the Special Events Committee) and Jason Obetz

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Bowman’s Tavern Collects Items for NOVA

Article categories: news. Posted on: April 8, 2014

Items collected for NOVA client families, general counseling supplies

Throughout July, Bowman’s Tavern on River Road in New Hope encouraged its neighbors, patrons and staff to contribute items and cash for a Christmas in July fundraiser for Network of Victim Assistance.

Specifically, the tavern at 1600 River Road collected clothing, toys and games,… Continue reading

Never Leave a Child Alone in a Car

Article categories: news. Posted on: September 4, 2013

You’re just dashing into a store to  grab some milk, returning a DVD rental, or grabbing the dry cleaning. Many  parents think there’s no harm in leaving your child in the car for just a  minute, but hundreds of kids each year are involved in potentially fatally accidents when left unattended in a vehicle.

Whether … Continue reading