At the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), we are committed to supporting our community in times of crisis. Like many of you, we are seeing the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having across the globe and the stress it’s putting on our members, partners and community. It’s a time of uncertainty and change for many. In addition to the living restrictions and disruptions to all our daily lives, we understand that the victim services field is going to face unique and complex challenges. We are here to support you in this difficult time and will continue to provide free resources and opportunities to connect and learn from each other in this difficult time.
Plug-In with NOVA this summer! NOVA is excited to utilize our years of experience in online training and flex our creative muscles to create an unforgettable virtual experience! NOVA’s Virtual Training Event will take place over 10 days, July 20 – July 31, 2020 (Monday – Friday, 11am – 5pm ET). Enjoy nationally Recognized Subject Matter Experts, Inspiring Plenaries, Networking and 20 CEUs!
After careful consideration, NOVA has determined it is in the best interest of our attendees and the community to hold a virtual training event in place of our 46th Annual Training Event. NOVA is working hard to ensure that you will not only receive all 20 CEUs originally promised, but also experience fun new ways to network virtually, release your creative side and promote your self-care!
Each day from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. EST, a cadre of NOVA’s trained crisis responders (CRs) will be on-call to serve as a touch-base contact for any NOVA member, advocate, crisis responder, credentialed advocate or allied colleague.
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NOVA is now offering our new NOVA Discussion Forums for our NOVA community to share challenges, resources, and best practices in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and other program challenges. Do you have a question and/or a resource to share with your colleagues? We encourage you to share today on NOVA Discussion Forums!
Live discussions are available for:
Now more than ever, we can all come together to support each other, connect, and share best practices. Thank you for sharing your experiences and expertise!
This serves as an open invitation for our Membership, Crisis Responders, and Credentialed Victim Advocates to join in the following Virtual NOVA Gatherings in Response to COVID-19.
Presented each Wednesday
May 13, 2020 at 1:00pm -2:30pm ET
Suicide and the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 20, 2020 at 1:00pm -2:30pm ET
Children’s Response to Quarantine and Beyond: Responses to loss and predicting responses to re-entering the world
May 27, 2020 at 1:00pm -2:30pm ET
Grief and Loss in the COVID-19 Storm
REGARDING CEUs: All virtual gatherings can be used for continuing education toward credentialing in NACP and D-SAACP. To receive your certificate, you must complete the survey at the end of each webinar.
Considerations for Survivors of Interpersonal Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic, co-presented by Beth Rossman and Tonia Moultry – WATCH NOW
Virtual Advocacy and Communication Skills, co-presented by Beth Rossman and James Gierke – WATCH NOW
What lessons and Best Practices Have We Learned, Besides Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine?, co-presented by Jeannette Adkins and Karen Vadino – WATCH NOW
Suicide and the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Presented by Adam Lesser of The Columbia Lighthouse Project- WATCH NOW
Top Ten Tension Tactics: Day One
Cindy Kuhr, BCI
Resources on the Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
National Network to End Domestic Violence
COVID-19 Military Support Initiative
The Association of Defense Communities (ADC), Blue Star Families, and participants of the White Oak Collaborative
Online Training Library
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA)
Preventing and Managing the Spread of COVID-19 Within Domestic Violence Programs
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Updates and Information on COVID-19
Futures Without Violence
What Domestic Violence Organizations Need to Know about Coronavirus
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
BEAM Virtual Wellness Check-In
Black Emotional And Mental Health (BEAM)
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Digital Services Toolkit
Technology Safety, NNEDV
Restorative Community Concepts
COVID-19 Resources for Legal Services and Victims’ Rights
National Crime Victim Law Institute
The Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Trans People Need to Known
National Center for Trans Equality
Resources for undocumented communities.
Addressing and Preventing Sexual Abuse in Relationships and in your Community Fact Sheet
DoD and Military Community and Family Policy Family Advocacy Program
“Hooray for Our Heroes” Reading for Kids
Following Spike in Domestic Violence During COVID-19 Pandemic, Secretary to the Governor Melissa Derosa & NYS Council on Women & Girls Launch Task Force to Find Innovative Solutions to Crisis
New York State
Why the Coronavirus Could Hit Women Hardest
How to Socially Distance and Stay Sane
The New York Times
Special Report: Coronavirus Crisis
Wall Street Journal
The Coronavirus Could Cause a Child Abuse Epidemic
New York Times
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