National Crime Victims' Rights Week
April 19-25, 2020

NOVA observes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) every year by offering trainings and exciting events throughout the week! This year, the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)’s official NCVRW theme is Seek Justice | Ensure Victims’ Rights | Inspire Hope. Sign up to receive updates on NOVA’s NCVRW 2020 observation.

This year, look forward to:

  • 2 FREE Brown Bag Webinars, held Monday April 20th and Wednesday, April 22nd


  • NOVA’s Second Annual NCVRW Reception, the evening of Thursday, April 23rd in Washington, D.C.
  • NOVA’s Annual Virtual 5k Walk/Run/Roll on Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th in your own community
Scroll through the page to learn more!

NCVRW 2020 Brown Bag Webinars

Monday, April 20, 2020
Victim Advocacy for Endangered Children

Alicia “Kozak” Kozakiewicz will share her story of surviving an Internet luring, abduction, and captivity. While Alicia’s experience may be harrowing, her ability to transcend tragedy and dedicate herself to protecting other children is inspiring. She will discuss the aftermath of recovery and the process of reunification. Alicia will provide alternative practices for handling endangered child cases and give unique insight into the phases of abduction, survival, recovery, family reunification, and resilience.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Best Practices for State Victims’ Rights Legal Services Programs

Ohio’s victims’ rights constitutional amendment, Marsy‘s Law, passed in November 2017, and went into effect on February 5, 2018. Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center (OCVJC) has led the efforts to successfully provide guidance to implement the constitutional amendment, draft legislation to clarify and expand the constitutional provisions, and litigate Marsy‘s Law rights across the state from the trial courts to the Ohio Supreme Court. OCVJC will provide guidance, suggestions, and concrete examples to assist attendees in implementing Marsy‘s Law and other victims’ rights laws in their states.

Cyber Share: Sharing #WhyWeAdvocate

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

We will share the inspiring #WhyWeAdvocate stories from our members around the world, celebrating our passion for victims’ rights.
Our partners, Cybercrime Support Network will also be having twitter chats covering the emotional and financial effects of cybercrime on the individual victim. Join us in the discussion!

NOVA NVCRW Reception

THURSDAY, April 23rd, 2020
5:30pm-7:30pm, Washington, DC

NOVA’s NCVRW Reception is a celebration that promotes and advances victims’ rights, empowers victims and survivors of crime, and honors the exceptional individuals and organizations who advocate for all victims and survivors on a daily basis.
We will be joined by Bridie Farrell of NY Loves Kids as our keynote speaker. She is an Olympic athlete, survivor, and founder of the organization headquartered in NYC. 

NOVA's Annual Virtual 5k!

Friday, April 24 – Saturday, April 25, 2020

Join the National Organization for Victim Assistance 3rd Annual NCVRW Virtual 5k! Unite with advocates, crisis responders, survivors, and community members around the world as we walk to raise awareness about promoting and advancing crime victims’ rights. Learn more. 

STEP 1: Register as an Individual or Team

STEP 2: Purchase your Hope in Action: #WhyWeAdvocate t-shirt 

STEP 3: Organize your 5K and get active! Share your photos with NOVA by using #NOVA5K #WhyWeAdvocate #NCVRW2020 for your chance to win a prize!

2020 NOVA Board of Directors Awards

Thank you for submitting! NOVA is currently reviewing the 2020 Board of Directors Award nominations for a person or program that embodies our 2020 theme: Hope in Action, inspiring change and reminding us all #WhyWeAdvocate.

NOVA annually presents awards in six different categories to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of individuals and programs making inspiring strides in victim services. NOVA Board of Directors Awardees will receive a NOVA Life Membership and a free registration to NOVA’s 46th Annual Training Event in Orlando, Florida. 

brown bag webinars

Mon. April 20
Wed. April 22

The Internet and Child Victimization

Best Practices for State Victims’ Rights Legal Services Programs

Cocktail reception

Thurs. April 23
in Washington dc

virtual 5k Walk/run

fri. april 24 -
sat. april 25

brown bag webinar

Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope For the Future

Since 1981 NOVA has promoted and advanced awareness of victims’ rights during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Listen to our chat with NOVA founders and leaders in the victim rights’ movement, Dr. Marlene Young and Mr. John Stein, sharing the history of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) and their vision for the future of our movement. 

President Reagan signing the first Crime Victims' Rights Week Proclamation in 1981 with NOVA founder and leader in the victim rights' movement, Dr. Marlene Young.

interested in PARtNERING with NOVA on our NCVRW EVENTS?
Consider Sponsoring the NCVRW cocktail reception!