Office for Victim Advocacy Ethics

Opening January 2021!

NOVA is working hard on developing a comprehensive and innovative resource on ethics for victim advocates.

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Facing an Ethical Dilemma?

The Office for Victim Advocacy Ethics provides feedback regarding your professional advocacy ethical dilemmas and/or ethics related questions. Consultation services are available to guide advocates through the applicable NACP standards of conduct and relevant resources that address the raised concerns. The Office Advisory Committee will review your ethical issue and provide collective feedback to assist as you make decisions. Please email ethics@trynova.org with your professional ethical concern. When doing so, NOVA asks that you do not include any personal identifying information.


Office for Victim Advocacy Ethics Advisory Committee Members


Jeannette Adkins, MEd, LPC, CA (Ret.)
Former Executive Director, National Organization for Victim Assistance
Michael’s House Child Advocacy Center/Green County Prosecutor’s Office, Ohio

Lindy Aldrich, Esq.
Founder, Ladder Consulting LLC

Shannon Collins
Office for Victims of Crime Grant Manager, University of Colorado-Denver

Ericka Dixon
Manager of Training Programs, New York City Anti-Violence Project 

Sandy Hunt
Director, Victim/Witness Division, Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Bette M.S. Inch
Victim Services Consultant, Senior Assistance Advisor (Ret.), Department of Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Office

Michaelene O’Neill McCann
Attorney ADA and Chief Victim Witness Services (Ret.)
Essex MA District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts

Jennifer Pollitt-Hill
Interim Executive Director, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence

Liz Poprocki, MA, RAAS, CA
Executive Director, Ohio Victim Witness Association

Susan Townley
Victim Services Coordinator, Boulder Police Department

Da Shawnna Townsend
Director, Office of Victim Advocacy at Peace Corps

Arlene Vassell
Vice President of Programs, Prevention & Social Change, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

We Need Your Input!

NOVA is excited to share our plans to launch the NOVA Office for Advocacy Services in January 2021.  For over twenty-five years, NOVA has been a leader in establishing ethical standards for victim assistance professionals, including developing the first-ever Code of Professional Ethics for Victim Assistance Providers in 1995.   We believed then—and believe now more than ever—that professional ethical standards are critical to motivating and inspiring our growing field, and to ensuring quality care for all victims of crime.  

The primary goal of the NOVA Office for Advocacy Ethics will be to offer customized trainings, ethical consultations, and resources to better support advocates and agencies in implementing ethical standard, professional conduct and addressing ethical dilemmas.  To ensure this office is meeting your and your agencies’ needs, we want to hear from you!

We would appreciate if you can take five (5) minutes to complete the following survey on ethical standards in victim assistance.  Thank you for your support and we look forward to sharing more information about our dynamic new center with you!

Take Survey!

Tracking address: marie-cabcae@webc.trynova.org (do not email this address)