Join NOVA in-person on Saturday, September 11 to Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in Orlando, Florida at the Signia by Hilton, Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort! Four days of inspirational speakers, dynamics workshops, network opportunities and engaging in self-care with your colleagues. You’ll earn 18 CEUs and we promise you’ll leave feeling inspired and energized to continue your amazing work.

Important COVID-19 Safety Updates

NOVA is carefully tracking the evolving nature of the COVID-19 and the Delta variant to take all necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of training participants, speakers, volunteers and exhibitors.  As of July 29, 2021, the Center for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) and the City of Orlando have updated their guidance for high risk transmission areas to include the city of Orlando and are strongly encouraging all vaccinated and unvaccinated persons to wear masks when indoors.  If you are not vaccinated, you are at high risk of infection according to the latest data on COVID-19 in Orlando.

In accordance with this guidance, NOVA has implemented the following safety guidelines.  Please read these important updates carefully:

  • NOVA will be following the latest CDC and local COVID-19 guidance onsite.
  • Masks are required for all attendees regardless of vaccine status in indoor conference spaces. An exception is made for presenters giving their workshop.
  • All participants are required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test (taken within 72 hours of your conference check-in) to attend.
  • Attendees will be required to sign a waiver and safety agreement upon check-in. Versión en español aquí.
  • We encourage all registrants to get tested prior to attending the conference.
  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or an exposure within two weeks of conference, please do not attend. NOVA will honor your registration for 2022.
  • We have limited our capacity to 1,200. Seating in rooms will be spaced and there will be no standing room.
  • Eating – which would require mask removal – is prohibited in NOVA’s indoor meeting space. If you are drinking, we ask that you limit the removal of your mask. 
  • Your health and safety is our priority.  NOVA has extended our cancellation deadline to provide attendees with additional time to review new COVID-19 risks and safety guidelines. NOVA’s Cancellation Policy: A refund, less a $80 cancellation charge, is available if a cancellation request is received via mail, fax, or email at the NOVA office by 5:00pm ET, August 6, 2021. No refunds are available for any reason after this date.
  • For more information on COVID19 and the latest CDC and City or Orlando guidelines, please see:

Scroll below for FAQs on NOVA’s COVID Safety Guidelines and other conference FAQs. If you have any questions regarding these policies, please do not hesitate to reach out to the NOVA team at conference@trynova.org.  Thank you for your understanding and support!

View the At-A-Glance

EARN 18 CEUs! Click to view and download the current event schedule at-a-glance. See what’s in store! Click here…

And check out our current workshop list!

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a virtual conference alternative this year. Conference is in-person only

Register for the 47th Annual Training Event:

We are excited to announce that NOVA has reached our capacity. Can’t wait to see you there!

This registration limit was set to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all attendees. Thank you for your understanding

Questions? Scroll down to read our FAQs  ↓

Book Your Room

SITE HOTEL: Signia by Hilton, Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort. To modify or cancel your existing reservation in NOVA’s room block, click here…

OVERFLOW HOTEL: Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek. Walking distance to site hotel. To modify or cancel your existing reservation in NOVA’s room block, click here…

OVERFLOW HOTEL: Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace (9 min drive. Unfortunately, there is no shuttle offered. Please be sure to arrange your own transportation). To modify or cancel a reservation, click here…

United We Advocate, Together We Thrive!

NOVA’s 2021 theme is United We Advocate, Together We Thrive! The past year has been difficult professionally and personally for our community. And yet, we are inspired by the many ways victim assistance professionals have continued to provide critical services to victims/survivors of crime and advocate on behalf of those in need. Through creativity and innovation, we have all learned how to advance and enhance our programs.
 
We know it has not been easy. It takes strength and energy for a program to thrive. As a result, this year we are celebrating YOU and your passion for change. Self-care and innovation will take center-stage as we come together to learn, create change and thrive. #UnitedWeAdvocate

Furthermore, as we reflect on hardship, strength and unity in 2021, we will also observe the 20th Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Not only will we acknowledge the tragedy and lives lost, but also honor the many crisis responders that provided critical support throughout this national trauma.

Did you respond to 9/11? We want to hear from you! Please complete this form.

Our Featured Speakers

NOVA is proud to announce our 2021 Featured Speakers! An impressive group of inspiring subject matter experts who will share their stories, expertise and passion with the NOVA community this September.

Carvana Cloud: Carvana Cloud is an attorney, community advocate, and social entrepreneur.  In 2020, Carvana founded The Empowered Survivor Inc., a crisis intervention and violence prevention agency designed to reduce domestic violence and related homicides in communities of color. The Empowered Survivor exists to identify and remove the barriers that have historically prevented countless survivors of color from requesting help to escape abusive relationships. Learn more…

Brandon Wolf: On June 12, Brandon Wolf escaped Pulse Nightclub when a gunman opened fire, killing his best friends, Drew Leinonen & Juan Guerrero, and 47 others. Since, Brandon has set out to honor the victims’ legacies with action. In the aftermath of the shooting, Brandon co-founded and has since served as the Vice President of The Dru Project, a nonprofit organization that supports LGBTQ student groups, provides funding for higher education, and enables future leaders in the LGBTQ community. Learn more…

Survivor Testimonies Plenary

Lavinia Masters: Her life as a survivor-turned-advocate has brought her to the floor of the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House Task Force on Rape. Learn more…

Nathan Ross: As an adopted person impacted by child welfare, Nathan has spent the last 12 years sharing his story with child welfare workers and policy makers around the country, and has spent the last 8 years working with youth in foster care. Learn more…

Donna Bartos: A mother, author, educator, abuse survivor, public speaker, non-profit executive and pioneering thought leader for the prevention of domestic/sexual/teen dating violence among Gen Z youth. Learn more…

Stalking: An In-Depth Case Study and Multidisciplinary Response

ANNA NASSET

JAMES KENNEDY

JUDGE (RET.) JILL LANDES

AMY FARR

For the last 9-12 years Anna Nasset has been stalked by a man she does not know.  In August 2019 Anna was the main victim and witness in the case of Washington State vs. FR which resulted in conviction of felony aggravated stalking and felony cyberstalking.  This conviction led to the historic sentence of the maximum 10 years in prison.  

This interactive panel will discuss the dynamics of this case and conviction, as well as, the experience of navigating the criminal justice process as a victim of stalking.

Panelists includes: Anna Nasset, Main Victim and Witness; James Kennedy, Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney; Judge (Ret.) Jill Landes, Jefferson County District Court Judge; and Amy Farr, Advocate.  Read more about the panelists here. 

Bloom365 Peer Advocate Academy: September 12th-14th

Know a teen or young adult passionate about violence prevention?

The Bloom365 Peer Advocate Academy is a three-part training experience for youth ages 13 – 18 interested in becoming advocates and ending violence in their communities. This academy is led by peers for peers.

In partnership with NOVA, this September academy will be offered in-person at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orland, Florida. Registrants that cannot attend in person will be able to participate virtually through the BLOOM365 online classroom. 

Download the Bloom365 PAC Flyer.

Have a Question? See if we answered it in our FAQs below:

Yes. Masks are required to be worn by all participants in the indoor conference spaces, regardless of vaccine status.

As of July 29, 2021, the Center for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) and the City of Orlando have updated their guidance for high risk transmission areas to include the city of Orlando and are strongly encouraging all vaccinated and unvaccinated persons to wear masks when indoors. 

Yes. Due to the increased risk of the Delta Variant in Orlando, we are asking all attendees to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test (taken within 72 hours of arriving at conference) for the safety of all our attendees. All attendees have been sent information on how to provide this documentation. 

No. At this time NOVA is planning for an in-person event at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL. There are no current plans to offer the conference virtually.

In an effort to keep our conference accessible and recognizing the economic impact of the pandemic, we have not increased our registration rates from last year’s virtual training event.

Unfortunately NOVA is unable to provide transportation from any overflow hotels. Transportation to the conference is up to individual attendees.

While we are unable to enforce social distancing, we are encouraging attendees to keep a safe distance between parties. In addition the Hilton Bonnet Creek will maintain the highest cleanliness and sanitation standards.

With attendee comfort and safety in mind, NOVA has capped registration at 1,200. This allows for more space in ballrooms and breakout rooms. A seating chart of the ballroom can be seen here.  

No. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and limited capacity, there will be no on-site registration. 

Accessible rooms are available in the NOVA room block at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Hotel.

If you have booked a standard room in error, please contact:  ORLHH-Reservations@hilton.com with your accommodation needs and they can change the room type on your reservation.

The following Accessible Rooms are available:

  • ADA room with roll-in shower
  • ADA room with tub and chair
  • Room accessible for Deaf/hard of hearing

Thank you for your interest! With an expected attendance of at least 1,000 professionals and multifaceted opportunities for engagement, you are perfectly positioned to expand your marketing opportunities, brand awareness and connections.  To match your budget and marketing objectives, NOVA offers multiple exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities—all designed to maximize your exposure and enhance your marketing goals. Download the Sponsor/Exhibitor form here.

Check out these great perks for NOVA Annual Training Event Attendees!

Thank you to Visit Orlando for these great discounted tickets to Orlando attractions for our attendees! 

Is Your Organization/Company Searching for a Great Exposure Opportunity?

Register as an Exhibitor for NOVA’s Annual Training Event! Register as an exhibitor With an expected attendance of more than 2,000 professionals and multifaceted opportunities for engagement, you are perfectly positioned to expand your marketing opportunities, brand awareness and connections.  To match your budget and marketing objectives, NOVA offers multiple exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities—all designed to maximize your exposure and enhance your marketing goals. 

Download the Sponsor and Exhibitor Packet here >

Thank You to Our 2021 Sponsors and Exhibitors:

2021 Sponsors

Sponsoring Vendors: Why We Advocate

Sponsoring Vendors: Hope In Action

Sponsoring Vendors: Survivor Strong

Workshop Sponsors

Vendors

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Founded in 1975, NOVA is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States and is the recognized leader in victim advocacy, education and credentialing.

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