Recent News, Training and Events

NO BULLying Run 2019 – Registration Open

Article categories: events, news. Posted on: May 1, 2019

Date: Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: 8:30 am (1-mile Fun Run/Walk) and 9:00 am (5-mile Run)
Place: Doylestown Central Park, 310 Wells Road, Doylestown, PA 18901

Online registration closes June 7th. If online registration is closed, race-day registration will be available starting at… Continue reading

Hope Bracelets to Support NOVA

Article categories: news. Posted on: April 28, 2019

This year is NOVA’s 45th Anniversary and we are selling special silver bracelets with a key charm and “hope” tag. They can only be purchased through NOVA! The price is $25 per bracelet ($4.00 will be added if you need the order mailed to you).

The theme of NOVA’s Annual Auction &… Continue reading

2019 Elder Abuse Symposium – Registration Open

Article categories: events, news, training. Posted on: February 27, 2019

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

DATE: Thursday, May 23, 2019
TIME: 8:30 am to 4:15 pm
PLACE: Bucks County Community College, Zlock Performing Arts Center, 275 Swamp Rd, Newtown, PA 18940
COST: Free

In September 2000, William… Continue reading

Forensic Nursing Conference

Article categories: events, news, training. Posted on: February 20, 2019

Hosted by Abington – Jefferson Health FNE Team and Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA)

DATE: May 31, 2019
TIME: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
PLACE: Abington Jefferson Health, 1200 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001
COST: $60 (Includes breakfast and lunch. Check or credit card. No refunds for cancellations.)
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Bucks Co Conference on Crimes Against Children

Article categories: events, news, training. Posted on: February 15, 2019

Date: June 4, 2019
Time:  8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Place:  Delaware Valley University, Life Sciences Building, 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown, PA  18901
More Information:
Contact:  Erika Goettler or Steve Doerner, Bucks Co Children’s Advocacy Center at 267-927-0639 or
$55.00 –  Bucks County Multidisciplinary Team… Continue reading

Promoting Sexual Health in the LGBTQ+ Community

Article categories: events, news, training. Posted on: February 10, 2019

You are invited to the 3rd Annual Conference of Bucks Rainbow Allies:

Date: Friday, June 7th, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Place: Solarium Room – Rollins Center – Bucks County Community College (Newtown Campus)
Free (lunch also provided)
(Registration is required and seats… Continue reading

Free Training on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Article categories: events, news, training. Posted on: January 8, 2019

Stewards of Children® is a prevention training that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It is the only nationally distributed, evidence-informed program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors. This training uses a practical, five-step approach to prevention and response that enables… Continue reading

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

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 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

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

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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DoD Safe Helpline

Article categories: news. Posted on: May 7, 2013

Sexual Assault Support for the DoD Community. Anonymous, confidential and secure support for members of the active duty military community available live 24/7. Click the icon below or go to or call 877-995-5247.