Resources, News & Updates for Victim Services Professionals

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. 

FREE NOVA Virtual Gatherings

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 in April. 

April 1, 2020 at 1:00pm -2:30pm EST
Virtual Advocacy & Communication Skills

April 8, 2020 at 1:00pm -2:30pm EST
Keeping Calm in the COVID-19 Crisis: Tapping into the Neurobiology of Stress

April 15, 2020 at 1:00pm -2:30pm EST
Some Ideas for Your Virtual Workday: What Could It Include? Virtual Program Leadership

April 22, 2020 at 1:00pm -2:30pm EST
Overview of Marsy’s Law and Best Practices for State Victims’ Rights Programs


April 29, 2020 at 1:00pm -2:30pm EST
What Lessons and Best Practices Have We Learned, Besides Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine?


NOVA Resources and Recorded Webinars

  • COVID-19: Helping your staff maintain their physical and mental well-being during a time of uncertaintyDOWNLOAD PDF

  • Useful Validating Responses, Effective Words/Phrases and Phrases to Avoid in Crisis CommunicationDOWNLOAD PDF

  • Unique Implications for Survivors of IPVDOWNLOAD PDF

Recorded Webinars:

More to come! Keep checking back as we partner with organizations/agencies to create new webinars to meet the needs of our community!

Resources from Our Colleagues and Partners

Top Ten Tension Tactics Day One
Cindy Kuhr, BCI

Resources on the Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
National Network to End Domestic Violence

Preventing and Managing the Spread of COVID-19 Within Domestic Violence Programs
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

FREE Webinar: Sustaining Services for Survivors During COVID-19
National Resources Center for Reaching Victims

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)

Resource Round-Up
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

COVID-19 Resources

Digital Services Toolkit
Technology Safety, NNEDV

Developing Resilience
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.

Useful Links for Staying Up-to-Date from FEMA

For background and the most up-to-date information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 website: HERE

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

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