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2003 NOVA Newsl. 1 (2003)

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Volume  20, Numbers 1 (of 4 Issues), 2003


Anticipating National Victim Rights Week/2003



Victim Rights: Fulfill the Promise!


    The theme ofr this year'sNitional Vic-
tum Rights Week (April 6-12)  Victin
Rights: Fulfi the Promise'  is a good
occasion torealthe promises the National
Orgaization  for Viclti Assistance has
made over the 1years
    NOVA   wias tounded in 195, Its mis-
sion was to promote ctm   and  witnew
services and rihts in the riminal jutice
st1en1 In the United States In 181 that
mission was expanded  to promote those
SeITices and lights throglout the worlI
At tht time, NOA  made  a promise to its
c~onstituents and to vitlitns a proise to
ensure that, someday, victims would never
be more than a telephone call away from
help, and that, someday 1itims and wit-
nesses would be Vreated as respected part-
ners in the pursuit ofjustite.

Pursuing the Promise
    In pursuit of that promise, NOVA has
fought and won tnany victories. Some ofits
most historic triumphs have been:
   Th/  Fwledleral ictimn and it ne. Pro-
   tection Act of 1982?
        That statute w in its time the
    most e\pansivle oI the cuntry's i -
    tim rights aws   It gave rights to
    ictilms in the fedria |j1ic system
    to be present at proceedings, to sub-
    mi  itim  impact statements and to
    seek and enfnce ictitutlon orders.
  * The VAtims of Crime Ac o 0/1984
        The VOCA'  programs  this law
    cemated have been called the Mar shal1
    Planuothelvittims' movemnlt.tans-
    formlilg hundreds of millions of dol-
    ars in Federal f1ne 1nt suppor of
    statecrime1viItim compensationpr-

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    sihle and pi  onal
        lInpursuituofthis promise,.NOVA\
    and its members hav helped   es-
    tablishilctim service programs inal
    the states of the U nitediStates and
    the prolines Of Canada, and in all
    1the coninents of Farthl
        in pursuit of the same pronlise
    NOVA\   has  intained a 24  hour
    hotlineat 8(X-TRY-NOA  forthe last
    twenty years. a Web  site to give
    vitims of culsisimmnediatw asitance,
    and volunter CislsResponse to aid
    coulnities0C inl crisis
         Also in pursuit f that platise,
    NOV  A has launchedtver 50 trining
    prigrams  to meet  the needs  of
    schools, correctional departments,
    law enforcelent agencies, prosecu-
    1ors judges mental health pAes-
    sionals, nurses, hospitals, mergency
    10roms  and \1itim asstanc  pro-
    fessionls
  * A  Fe deal ( onstiutional Amnd u-
    ment ic    am  Rights
        X\.A   was a founding partner
    of the National\ ictiis Constitutionial
    A11endmetit  etwork, a colion de-
    temined to see itnim rights become
    an American birthrigt.

NOVAWant to Do      ore
    As it looks forward to the year 2003, the
NOVA   Board wants to ensure that a consti-
tutional amendnent rm the United States is
passed by 2005.
    It wants to make sure that all new victim
advocates (volunteers or paid staff) are
properlytrained in victim services-with or
without college educations, but always with
national credentials.
    It wants to make sure that victim adv o-
cates have opportunities to serve victims
of crime and crises in the United States and


around the world. That means expanding
the borders of our minds to include diverse
populations and diverse languages.
    And  the Board wants to pursue the
promise -full, accessible services, and fill
rights -everywhere.

Help Fulfill the Promise to Victims!
    We  invite you to our 231 annual Na-
tional Forum on Victim Rights in Washing-
ton, DC on April 4* h see our Website for
more details.
    Come  to our 29m annual North Ameri-
can Victim Assistance (onference in New
Orleans, August 24-30 and learn how others
are providing services and promoting vic-
tim rights. (Check the Website,)
    Attend one of our highly-regarded train-
ing programs (sure, check the Website),
    Become  amemberofNOVA-become
a part of the future as we forge new path-
ways, dream more dreams, and fulfill prom-
ises fr the next generation.


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