FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
National Organization for Victim Assistance
510 King Street, Suite 424
Alexandria, VA 22314
Contact: Jennifer Howard, Acting Executive Director
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR VICTIM ASSISTANCE (NOVA) BOARD OF DIRECTORS ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP TRANSITION
ALEXANDRIA, VA. The NOVA Board of Directors announces the departure of Executive Director, Dr. H. William “Will” Marling. NOVA Board President Marsha Probst had this to say: “In his role as Executive Director, Will led the organization through a difficult time for all non-profit organizations — the 2008-2010 recessions. He has been a visionary leader expanding and integrating new programs and initiatives. We wish him only the best and know that his skills and abilities will help other organizations.”
Upon Marling’s departure, Jennifer Howard, who currently serves as NOVA’s Deputy Director and the D-SAACP Project Manager, has been appointed Acting Executive Director for the organization. Howard will oversee day-to-day operations and management of the organization while the NOVA Board of Directors begins a search for a new Executive Director.
Founded in 1975, the National Organization for Victim Assistance is the oldest victim assistance organization of its type in the United States.
NOVA has been awarded a Cy Pres funding from the HSBC Bank Nevada and HSBC Card Service Class Action (2:10-cv-03213-BMS). These settlement funds will enhance and expand NOVA’s capacity to continue to educate consumers on the cyber safety, especially related to protecting personally identifying information.
NOVA is grateful for the work of Kenneth J. Grunfeld, Esquire, with Golomb and Honik, as he tirelessly sought to support the needs of victims in seeing these funds used to serve them.
Ken has the ‘NOVA spirit!’
“Today, 11 March marks the 11th European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. On this day, Victim Support Europe expresses its deepest sympathy and solidarity for all victims of terrorism.
Already in 2015, there have been numerous terrorist attacks in Europe and around the globe. These criminals target innocent people indiscriminately. Their crimes cause terrible damage to the lives of those they attack and to their families.
Whilst terrorist acts in Europe, thankfully, do not occur every day, the threat of further violence is real and ever present. Victim Support Europe therefore welcomes the actions of national governments and of EU and international actors to put in place measures to better protect individuals and to prevent further terrorist crimes.
However, the needs of victims must not be ignored.
Victim Support Europe calls on all national, EU and International actors to ensure victims of terrorism are effectively supported and assisted. In these times, it is all too easy to focus efforts on pursuing criminals whilst forgetting the needs of the victims themselves. Not just on this day of remembrance but every day, you must remember their needs and you must act to meet those needs.
Victim Support Europe calls on governments to ensure that effective planning and sufficient resources are in place to respond to the support needs of victims in the event of a terrorist act.
Victim Support Europe calls on governments to ensure there is an effective infrastructure of support not just in the immediate aftermath of an attack but also in the long term. That infrastructure must attend to victims’ general and specific needs. It must support them psychologically and practically and during any criminal proceedings.
Action to help victims of terrorism is not just in the hands of governments. Terrorist acts are by their nature highly public and victims are more exposed to public scrutiny than for most other crimes. Moreover, in these days of social media and mobile video recordings, reports on crimes are no longer just made by the media. This exposure can cause even greater suffering for victims. Every person has a responsibility to be mindful of victims and to avoid causing further harm.
Victim Support Europe calls on organisations reporting on terrorist crimes to ensure their reporters understand how to cover these terrible acts sensitively – and ensure they in fact report with sensitivity.
Victim Support Europe also calls on individuals to show care and sensitivity when posting and sharing information on these criminal acts. Every person must be conscious of how their actions can further hurt victims and their families.
Victim Support Europe remembers all those who have fallen victim to terrorism on this European day of remembrance for victims of terrorism. On this day, we also call on individuals and governments alike to make sure that every day that follows is a day of action in support of those victims.”
Tuesday, December 16, 2014, turned out to be a big day for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Fund. President Obama signed into law the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015.” This bill raises the VOCA cap from $745 million to $2.361 billion, an increase of 3.5 times! This is an unprecedented increase in the VOCA cap and is urgently needed to help victims of crime.
The National Crime Prevention Council has provided some fantastic public service announcements on firearm safety.
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With the 40th NOVA Conference now history (August 17-20, 2014), here are some pictures provided to us capturing the spirit of the week!
NOVA has received many requests for a response to recent discussions about reducing the Mandatory Minimum Sentencing guidelines currently in place in the Federal Court system. After significant reflection, the NOVA Board has released the following statement on the subject:
The National Organization for Victim Assistance strongly affirms its position that the length of incarceration for those convicted of a crime or crimes should be based on justice and safety for the victim and society, not on the cost of incarceration.
NOVA’s mission is championing dignity and compassion for those harmed by crime and crisis. When considering this issue, victims must remain the top priority. The cost of victimization is much too high to take lightly when looking for ways to reduce spending. Any legislation proposing changes to the current guidelines must put victims first, and not lose the hard-fought progress they have earned.
April 3, 2014
We express our sympathies and support to the families suffering at Fort Hood. As a national network of victim advocates and crisis responders, we are keenly aware that the scale of such an event multiplies the suffering in exponential ways.
Members of this community of patriots have been drafted against their wills into a context for which no one would volunteer. And they join the others who, in the area of homicide alone, are enrolled at the unacceptable rate of one every thirty-two minutes.
And we stand ready to respond to the unjust trauma that is at the core of such an deplorable choice by a perpetrator.
Coloring book resource for young children: