National Crime Victims’ Right Week 2018

Join NOVA in honoring and celebrating victim advocates and expanding the reach of support and service.


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.

NOVA’s 2018 NCVRW Events


Advocate Award winners for an extraodinary Advocate, Allied Professional and Organization!

Join us April 10th for an interactive webinar on best practices in crisis response

Join Chief Justice Richard Barajas (ret.) on April 12th for a Live Facebook Event!

Organize your community in NOVA’s 2018 First-Ever Virtual 5K walk/run on April 13th/April 14th!


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 

TitleCoordinated 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.

Register Today!

Questions? Contact Allison Wilcox

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Nationwide Movie Premier: THE AMENDMENT


THE AMENDMENT is a powerful and inspiring true story of finding triumph over tragedy, injustice, and loss.  In 1979, Brooks Douglass and his sister Leslie survived a devastating crime that rocked their community and took their parents’ lives.  Initially sent into an emotional tailspin, Brooks regained his footing, becoming Oklahoma’s youngest state senator and championed important victims’ rights legislation.  It is not until his quest for justice brings him face to face with his parents’ killer that he finds the lessons of his father may hold the answer to finally finding peace.

THE AMENDMENT will premier on April 12th for one night only!  

For theater listings and more information, visit



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