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The NOVA Mission

NOVA strives to be a hopeful light for individuals healing from serious crimes, and for the greater community as it works to end patterns of violence.

Until no one is victimized.

Mission Statement

NOVA supports and empowers victims of crime in Bucks County and works to prevent violence through training, advocacy, and prevention education.

NOVA Vision

NOVA envisions a society free of violence where all children and adults are treated with dignity and respect.

NOVA Values

COLLABORATION: We are committed to keeping collaborative teamwork at the heart of our approach. We cultivate partnerships and strive to create a united environment for healing; knowing that supporting victims and preventing violence is a collaborative effort.

INCLUSION: We respect and honor the privacy, diversity, and dignity of every individual. We embrace diverse thinking as a means to help us develop intentional processes to further meet our mission.

ACCOUNTABILITY: We are accountable to our clients, our community, and our partners. We hold each other accountable to our goals and to upholding our organizational values. We are thoughtful and intentional stewards of the resources entrusted to us.

EMPOWERMENT: We promote self-efficacy in all areas of our work. From the community members we work with, to our staff, we support each person’s agency in pursuing their own growth.

COMPASSION: We strive to ensure that all interactions with clients, team members, the community, and partners embody respect, understanding, and empathy.

INNOVATION: We recognize that the community’s needs are constantly changing and that we must collectively adapt to meet them. We are dedicated to staying relevant and will evolve our programs and services where necessary, remaining innovative in our approach.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement

NOVA believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are fundamental principles underpinning our mission to assist victims of crime in Bucks County. Our commitment to DEI is reflected in every aspect of our work, from the services we provide to the way we engage with our community and partners.

Diversity: We recognize and celebrate the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of the individuals and communities we serve. We understand that victims of serious crimes come from all cultures, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations, and socio-economic backgrounds, and we are dedicated to ensuring that our programs are accessible and responsive to the unique needs of each person. We strive to create a welcoming environment where everyone feels valued and respected.

Equity: We are committed to addressing systemic inequalities that affect our clients and our community. We work to eliminate barriers that prevent individuals from accessing justice, support, and resources. By promoting equitable policies and practices, we aim to create a fair and just environment where every victim of serious crimes has the opportunity to heal and thrive.

Inclusion: We actively foster an inclusive culture within our organization and in our interactions with the community. We believe that everyone’s voice matters and that our work is strengthened by the contributions of diverse perspectives. We encourage collaboration and partnership with individuals and groups who share our commitment to DEI, ensuring that our services are enriched by a broad range of experiences and insights.

NOVA’s dedication to DEI is not simply a statement but a core value that informs our strategic decisions, our daily operations, and our long-term goals. We continuously seek to learn and grow in our DEI efforts, recognizing that this is an ongoing journey. We know that we will fall short at times, and we are prepared to sit with that discomfort and learn from those experiences.

We strive to support and empower all victims of crimes, helping them to rebuild their lives with dignity and hope. Our commitment to DEI supports our vision to build a more inclusive and equitable future, where every individual is treated with compassion and respect.

Founded in 1974, NOVA is a non-profit 501 (c) (3), community-based organization. Services are made possible through the financial support of federal, state, and local government grants and contracts, United Way of Bucks County, corporations, foundations and private donations. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.