Join NOVA in-person on September 11-14, 2021 in Orlando, Florida at the Hilton 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.

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

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Register for the 47th Annual Training Event:

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Book Your Room

Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort NOVA Block is now full. To modify or cancel your existing reservation in NOVA’s room block, click here…

OVERFLOW HOTEL: Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace (9 min drive). To create, modify or cancel a reservation, click here.

Please continue to check back for additional overflow options…

Registration Cost and Important Updates

EARLY BIRD RATE (March 1 – May 31): NOVA Member: $400 | Non-Member: $500

REGULAR REGISTRATION (June 1 - July 31):  NOVA Member: $475 | Non-Member: $575

Due to these unprecedented times, we have made changes to our registration policies. Please read the following important updates:

  • NOVA will be following the latest CDC guidelines onsite, which includes that unvaccinated attendees must wear masks.
  • At this time, we are limiting our capacity to 1,200. Registration is first come, first serve.
  • We are no longer accepting registration with delayed payment. All registration must be paid in full to attend and there will be NO onsite registration.

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.

Featured Speakers Announced!

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…

Dan Nevins: A highly decorated soldier, Dan was severely injured during combat in Iraq in 2004 after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated beneath his vehicle. He lost both legs below the knee, and lives with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the emotional wounds of war. Dan Nevins is a professional speaker who has been inspiring audiences around the world with his message of perseverance, resiliency and hope for more than a decade. 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…

Jennifer Schuett: A proud victim advocate and survivor, Jennifer shares her experience of kidnapping and brutal assault to motivate other survivors and professionals who work within the system. Learn more…

Stalking: An In-Depth Case Study and Multidisciplinary Response





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.

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! 

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

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.

NOVA will be following the latest CDC guidelines onsite. This may include mandatory mask wearing and social distancing in public spaces.

In addition, the Hilton Bonnet Creek Hotel is following Hilton CleanStay procedures, setting a new standard for hotel cleanliness and disinfection.

NOVA is following CDC guidelines. As a result, masks are only required for those who are unvaccinated. While we will not require proof of vaccination, we expect those who are unvaccinated to follow these safety guidelines.

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

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

NOVA does offer a discounted rate for NOVA members, but there is not a separate discounted rate for military attendees.

NOVA offers several need-based scholarships each year.  The deadline to submit was April 1, 2021 and we are no longer accepting applications. 

Payment must be made to NOVA in one bulk payment by the cardholder. Once payment is made, a group code will be provided for individuals to go online and finishing registering themselves.

Please have the staff member attending complete the paper application and provide the cardholder’s contact information on the form, then email it to:

No. We are no longer accepting registration with delayed payment. All registration must be paid in full to attend and there will be no onsite registration. 

Capacity will be limited and so only fully paid registrants can attend. This is to ensure we are able to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all conference attendees. 

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: 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.

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


About Us

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.

2021 Theme

“United We Advocate, Together We Thrive!”


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