How you Can Help Victims of Violent Crimes

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Noticing an increase of calls to their victim assistance helpline, the National Association for Victims Assistance (NOVA) has long recognized that the crime of identity theft is a growing problem --and one that is blending cybercrime and identity theft with violent crime. At a recent Identity Theft Summit, Dr. Will Marling, Executive Director of NOVA, was approached by a woman who shared her terrifying story of internet fraud and violent crime.  Linda explained how her online identity had been stolen. The thief hacked into her profile on a popular social networking site and began to meet strangers online claiming to be Linda. The thief then gave a stranger Linda's actual home address and invited him over. Based on online conversations, this stranger decided he wanted to meet her face-to-face. He entered Linda's home and raped her. 

Linda's rape is just one example of a terrifying trend that blends cybercrime with violence. You may remember reading about the Craigslist 'robberies by appointment' a disturbing scheme that involved criminals luring unsuspecting users to meetings in seemingly safe places, where they would end up being robbed at gunpoint, pistol-whipped and, in at least one case, murdered. Then there was the Florida mail carrier who was gunned down in broad daylight for his universal mailbox key, which was later used to commit identity crimes.

NOVA continues to respond to calls from victims with resources and remediation assistance, but they want to do more --and they need your help.

On November 9th, thousands of passionate volunteers are going to show their support for their favorite nonprofit on Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington. On that day, every donation and donor NOVA receives will go further to help them claim their share of more than $100,000 in cash prizes. Six awards will be given in each category for Most Dollars Raised and Most Donors. This can make your donation, have an even bigger impact!
To take advantage of this great opportunity to help a great organization:

1.  Mark November 9th on your calendar add this Giving Link;

2.  Spread the word! Forward this link to your family and friends along with a personal note

All donations to NOVA fund the important work they do, that is so vital in victims' lives.

 As with every year, in 2011 NOVA has had a huge impact across the country.

  • They provided Crisis Response Teams to many Disasters including:
Shooting in Tucson, Arizona of Congresswoman Giffords, 19 shot, 6 killed.
Tornado in Joplin, Missouri, killing 150, leaving thousands homeless.
IHOP Shooting in Carson City, Nevada, 4 killed, 8 wounded.
Plane crash at Reno, Nevada Air Show, killing 11, more than 69 injured.

  • 72% of the thousands of calls received by NOVA were from victims who received assistance in crisis intervention and referrals.
  • 92% of every dollar received goes directly to victim assistance programs!
  • Thousands have been trained in Basic and Advanced Crisis Response Trainings, Crime Victimization Sensitivity Trainings, and Seal of Approval Trainings.
  • Trained hundreds in 15 Identity Theft Summits, targeting advocates and law enforcement officials.
  • Developed Consumer Identity Theft Training. When NOVA trains 100 Trainers, the result can be 150,000 consumers educated on how to better protect their identity and personal on-line information.
NOVA is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) whose mission is to promote rights and services for victims of crime and crisis everywhere. Founded in 1975, NOVA is is the oldest national group of its kind in the worldwide victims' movement.

Your tax-deductible donation helps NOVA continue their work to improve rights and services for victims of crime and disaster. Your donation can be made as a personal contribution to NOVA, or as a gift in honor of an individual or family. 

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