Since 1981, the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) has promoted and advanced awareness of victims’ rights each year during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW). This year, NOVA invites victim advocates, crisis responders, allied professionals, survivors and communities around the world to join us in our annual observation of NCVRW. Throughout the week of April 8-14, 2018, NOVA will host all of the following events designed to unite and inspire communities in our ongoing march for victims’ rights. ADVOCATE AWARDS ANNOUNCED! Visit our 2018 Advocate Awards page to discover who won! NOVA will be honoring Exceptional Individuals and Organizations Making a Difference in Victim Advocacy! We wish to recognize extraordinary accomplishments of individuals and programs in the victims’ movement. We will announce awardess during NCVRW and awardees will be honored at the NOVA 44th Annual Training Event by the NOVA Board of Directors. BROWN BAG WEBINAR When: Tuesday April 10th, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST Title: Coordinated Community Response to Incidents of Mass Violence: Lessons Learned from Las Vegas and Orlando Enjoy an interactive panel-discussion on challenges and lessons learned as Advocates and Crisis Responders in the aftermath of the mass violence shooting incidents at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and during the outdoor concert in Las Vegas. Due to an overwhelming response, registration is now closed. If you’d like a copy of the recording after the event please submit your name and email address: FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT When: Thursday April 12th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Live Facebook Video of NOVA Executive Director, Chief Justice Richard Barajas (ret.) presenting on “Careers in Victim Advocacy”. Presented from Joint Base Myer Henderson Hall, Fort Myer, VA, this unique event will be live on NOVA’s Facebook page and will feature Q&A with Chief Justice Barajas (ret.). VIRTUAL 5K WALK When: Friday April 13th & Saturday April 14th, All Day Get active and support NOVA’s Crisis Response Program! Join victim advocates, allied professionals and survivors around the world by participating in NOVA’s First-Ever NCVRW 5K Virtual Walk/Run! You can sign-up as an individual or organize a group within your community. There is no time or location limitation! People across the country and around the world will gather in their own communities and walk, run, or bike to raise awareness and engage communities to promote and enforce victims’ rights. Remeber to share your photos with NOVA via Facebook and Twitter of your run/walk. And check out the Google Map to see where the NOVA community is participating around the country and the world! Thank you for supporting the NOVA mission within your own community! All funds raised will go directly to NOVA’s Crisis Response Team Fund, allowing NOVA to send trained crisis responders to help communities heal in the aftermath of mass casualties or natural disasters.
Message from NOVA on the Las Vegas Shooting
October 10th 2017 To Survivors of the Las Vegas Shooting Incident or Those Who May Have Lost Loved Ones or Have Injured Family Members NOVA’s heart and thoughts are with those who survived the Las Vegas shooting and those who have lost loved ones to this senseless act of violence. We are sorry this happened to you or to those you love. During this difficult time, you may experience both physical and emotional reactions including body aches, stomach and intestinal pain, muscle tension, sleep disruption and nightmares. Emotions may vary from feelings of shock, disbelief, overwhelming grief, anger, fear, helplessness, dread and horror to elation at survival but guilt when so many others died, especially loved ones. These are normal reactions after experiencing an abnormal, life threatening situation. You may not live in the Las Vegas area and have now returned to your home state or country. If you have lost a loved one, need to discuss your reactions to this violent attack or have questions about what to do next, please seek help from your local victim assistance program. Many counties and cities have crime victim assistance services located in police departments, prosecutors’ offices, courts or non-profit local organizations. We recommend a Google search using key words like “victim assistance” along with your city/state (e.g. Crime Victim Assistance, Alexandria, VA). Your local victim assistance program can provide you with additional information on grief counseling and support, crime victims compensation and other services available in your area. Upcoming free Educational Webinars for Anyone Impacted by the Las Vegas Shooting Experienced crisis responders will provide an overview of coping with common reactions to such a traumatic eventand will be available during these times to provide information on how you can access support in your community. Webinars will be held: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific Thursday, October 12, 2017 – 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacfic Friday, October 20, 2017 – 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific Access the webinars at https://trynova.adobeconnect.com/gcivegas/ You may log-in as a “Guest” and your identity will remain private. NOVA is here to assist you as you work through the common reactions and confusion associated with a random, arbitrary violent event and to help you move toward healing in its aftermath. Warmest regards, Chief Justice Richard Barajas (Ret.) NOVA Executive Director