NOVA is working to build a new future of empowerment for all victims and survivors of trauma. Since 1975, NOVA has been a recognized leader in victim advocacy, trauma-informed education, and professional credentialing. We champion best practices and policies that support and empower individual survivors and whole communities in the aftermath of a crime or traumatic events. NOVA programs are designed to ensure the highest standards and professional core competencies are met and maintained by those working with victims/survivors of crime.
Your donation will help NOVA professionalize the victim assistance field, advance victimsâ€™ rights, and ultimately achieve our mission to champion dignity and compassion for all affected by crime or in crisis. Your contribution supports our efforts to:
– Continue training over 4,500 people a year in NOVA trauma-informed academies and crisis response training.
– Expand free programs like the 2020 Virtual Gatherings and Self-Care series to better support our community and combat vicarious trauma.
– Award need-based scholarships to community members to attend the NOVA Annual Training Event and virtual academies.
– Launch our NEW Office on Victim Advocacy Ethics, meeting the critical need to establish clear ethical guidelines and consult on ethical dilemmas in victim services.
– Continue to grow our community of nearly 7,000 Credentialed Advocates (CAs) that have been certified by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)Â®
– Support the training of 1000-1500 crisis responders each year in our Crisis Response Team (CRT) TrainingTM. With NOVA-trained teams across the United States and around the globe, thousands of responders are ready to support victims and survivors following mass casualty disasters.
– Collaborate on grants, programs, training, and trauma-informed resources through enhanced partnership with our valuable network of non-profits and subject matter experts.
Our goal is to build a nationalâ€”and internationalâ€”movement of professionally trained and credentialed victim advocates and crisis responders. We want you to be a part of this movement! Help us double the number of survivors we serve by 2022.
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