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NOVA & BUCKS COUNTY RESOURCES

If you are in immediate danger or experiencing an emergency, dial 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

NOVA’s Hotline Staff can provide immediate assistance if you or someone you know has experienced:
» Sexual Assault
» Child Sexual Abuse
» Other Crimes

Click below for resources available for:
» Domestic or Interpersonal Violence
» Human Trafficking

Sexual Assault

You are not alone.

NOVA is here to help you navigate your options for reporting, medical care, and advocacy services.

Have you been sexually assaulted within the last 14 days?

Contact NOVA’s 24-hour hotline by calling 1-800-675-6900, texting 267-343-4545, via Chat, or via Email to talk to our trained hotline counselors. Hotline counselors can direct you to the nearest hospital where a specialized medical-forensic exam is available.

A medical-forensic exam is conducted by a SANE nurse, specially trained to care for individuals who have experienced a sexual assault. The purpose is to provide you with the medical care that you need, including assessing for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy and obtaining forensic evidence. The medical-forensic exam is free, and you do not need to report to police to have an exam.

Depending on the date of your assault, valuable evidence may remain on your body or clothing. Try not to bathe, shower, eat, drink, brush your teeth, go to the bathroom, or change your clothes before going to the emergency room. However, if you have already changed your clothes, place them in a clean paper bag and bring them with you to the emergency room.

Did your sexual assault occur 14+ days ago?

Contact NOVA’s 24-hour hotline by calling 1-800-675-6900, texting 267-343-4545, via Chat, or via Email to talk to our trained hotline counselors.

Our trained hotline counselors will listen, and answer questions pertaining to your rights as a victim including how to access counseling or victim advocacy services.

Child Sexual Abuse

Childhood shouldn’t hurt.

If you suspect or know a child has been abused by another child or an adult, call our hotline for important next steps.

When confronted with a case of child sexual abuse, here are important things to know and do:

  • Believe the child. Let the child know you believe them and tell the child that the abuse was not their fault.
  • Listen to the child. Let the child tell you what happened in their own words and know that the explanation may be incomplete. Typically, details come out as time passes. Young children may not know how to explain what happened to them. Some children may deny the incident ever occurred.
  • Do not confront the abuser or rapist. This is the responsibility of law enforcement. The most important thing you can do is to get the child help.

For more information and to talk to a trained hotline counselor, contact NOVA’s 24-hour hotline by calling 1-800-675-6900, texting 267-343-4545, via Chat, or via Email to receive answers to your questions.

To know how to recognize the signs of child sexual abuse (CSA), attend a free training provided by NOVA Staff. Learn more here.

Other Crimes

If you or a loved one are the victim of other crimes including burglary, fraud, robbery, homicide, etc. NOVA is here to help.

Please call 911 to make a report or contact NOVA’s 24-hour hotline by calling 1-800-675-6900, texting 267-343-4545, via Chat, or via Email to receive answers to your questions.

Domestic Violence or Interpersonal Violence

Have you been the victim of domestic or interpersonal violence?

Please call the Bucks County domestic violence hotline at
A Woman’s Place (AWP)
1-800-220-8116

Human Trafficking

If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, contact 911 or the
National Human Trafficking Hotline
1-888-373-7888
https://humantraffickinghotline.org

COVID-19: Important Update on Services

During this difficult time, Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) staff will be working remotely and will continue to serve clients and the community.
Learn more about how direct services and prevention programs will be provided

Note: If you are in imminent danger or experiencing an emergency, please dial 911