Get Help

IF YOU ARE IN IMMINENT DANGER OR EXPERIENCING AN EMERGENCY, DIAL 911 OR GO TO YOUR NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM.

Get help:

Have you been sexually assaulted within the last 14 days? 

NOVA can help!

Call the NOVA confidential hotline at 1-800-675-6900 to receive answers to your questions. Hotline staff can direct you to the nearest hospital where specialized medical services called SANE exams are 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.

Have you or a loved one been the victim of a sexual assault that happened a month ago, a year ago or longer and you need advice or just someone to listen?

Call the confidential NOVA hotline at 1-800-675-6900.

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

Do you suspect or know a child that has been sexually abused by another child or adult?

Here are important steps to take:

Believe the child.  Let the child know you believe her/him. Tell the child that the abuse was not her/his fault.

Listen to the child. Let the child tell you what happened in her/his own words and know that the explanation may be incomplete. Typically, details come out as time passes. Young children in particular, 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 that you can do is get the child help.

If you have additional questions or just want to speak with someone in confidence, call the NOVA hotline at 1-800-675-6900.

If you are in imminent danger, call 911 immediately.

Have you been battered or abused and need help? Please call the Bucks County domestic violence hotline at A Woman’s Place (AWP) 1-800-220-8116. 

If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, contact 911 or report to the Human Trafficking Hotline.

If you or a loved one are the victim of other serious crimes including burglary, fraud, robbery, etc., please call 911 to make a report or call the NOVA confidential hotline at 1-800-675-6900 to receive answers to your questions.