Tip of the Week: Have an Issue with Alcohol/Drugs?

Have an Issue with Alcohol/Drugs?

If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol or drugs, contact your campus counseling center to help connect you or your friend with a therapist, group counseling or rehab program. Appropriate medical treatment may be necessary if someone is suffering from withdrawal. Substance use can seriously impair judgment and suicidal thoughts can be very real. Seek help immediately if you or a friend is showing signs of suicidal behavior.
Substance abuse can be treated. Treatment programs use both counseling and medications to help people stop abusing substances and rebuild their lives.
If you or a friend is struggling with substance abuse then please visit:
Make sure to click on “Alcohol/Drugs – Education & Intervention”
For additional information:

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Tip of the Week: Signs of Depression

Signs of Depression
Depression is a common mood disorder that can affect a person’s feelings, thoughts and body. People occasionally do feel sadness but it’s only for a brief time. With depression, it’s constant and it can interfere with your everyday life.
Experiencing signs of depression? If you think you are depressed then remember you are not alone and that you have the option to seek help. You can always reach out to NOVACares by filling out the NOVACares report.
People with depression may experience:
o Loss of interest
o Hopelessness
o Irregular sleep
o Concentration problems
o Feelings of guilt
o Insomnia
o Fatigue
o Weight loss or weight gain
o Suicidal thoughts
o Mood swings
o Constant sadness
o Restless sleep

For more information go to:

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Tip of the Week: Cyberstalking

Protect Yourself from Cyberstalking!

Cyberstalking is an active crime where a perpetrators use electronic communications to stalk and harass their victims.

If you think you are being stalked online then be sure to tell someone. Make sure to have a copy of the messages/pictures from the cyber stalker. You can always contact NOVA’s Sexual Assault Services (SAS) by calling or texting 703-338-0834 (24 hours a day) or email nova.sas@nvcc.edu for support and assistance. Contact NOVA College Police at 703-764-5000 to make an official report. Stay safe!

Cyberstalking has become quite the problem today. Here are some ways to stay safer online:
1. Make sure to have a strong password (Symbols, Numbers, and Capitals)
2. NEVER share your passwords with anyone
3. Change your passwords every few months
4. Don’t use the same password for different accounts
5. Don’t share any personal information online
6. Make sure to log out of your social media
8. Don’t accept friend requests from strangers
9. Always be cautious about what you post


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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunity

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The Clothesline Project at Alexandria Campus April 11 and 12


























On April 11 and 12th, NOVA Sexual Assault Services (SAS) visited the Alexandria Campus for the Clothesline Project. The Clothesline Project raises awareness of the impact of sexual assault and domestic violence. Shirts are created for display to show support for victims of sexual violence. Staff, students and community members were invited to create shirts to show support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. NOVA SAS hopes to raise awareness on the issue of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and dating/partner violence.
For two days, members of the Alexandria NOVA community created several unique and supportive messages on t-shirts. Students have created extraordinary shirts with empowering statements such as “Walk a mile in her shoes”, and “Boys will not be boys, but be held accountable for their actions!” The turnout for the Clothesline project at the Alexandria campus was amazing, over 30 shirts were created.

We are coming to a campus near you very soon. Please consider joining us to create an inspiring shirt to be displayed to help raise awareness on the issues of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and dating/partner violence.

April 18th – April 19th Woodbridge Clothesline Project (9am-3pm)
April 25th – April 26th Loudoun Clothesline Project (9am-3pm)
April 27th – Manassas Clothesline Project (9am-3pm)

NOVA SAS is a free, confidential service that offers support to all member of the NOVA family, including students, faculty, staff and their immediate family members. If you or someone you know is dealing with cases of sexual violence, dating violence, or stalking, reach out to NOVA SAS via the free, 24-hour cell phone (703-338-0834) or at nova.sas@nvcc.edu.



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Denim Day: April 26th

Don’t forget tomorrow is Denim Day. Please wear your jeans in support! Thank you!

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Tip of the Week: Unhealthy Relationships

Tip of the Week:
Are you in a Healthy or Unhealthy Relationship? Does your partner:
• Call you names, insults and threatens you?
• Criticizes constantly?
• Damages or destroys your things?
• Checks up on you or makes you check in constantly?
• Doesn’t let you see friends and family or go anywhere/ do anything without him or her?
If yes, you may be in an unhealthy relationship. For more information visit http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/sas/dating.html and for assistance contact NOVA Sexual Assault Services (SAS) for free confidential support at 703.338.0834 or email nova.sas@nvcc.edu.

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Denim Day – College-Wide Event: April 26th! Wear Your Jeans!

NOVA CARES and NOVA SAS will be participating in this campaign. Join us!

For the past 18 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. This year’s Denim Day is April 26, 2017.

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Upcoming Event – Stop the Silence Walk April 29!

A Friendly Reminder!


Stop the Silence®, Walk to End Sexual Violence

Saturday, April 29, 2017


Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (OFWDSVS)

Fairfax County Government Center Grounds

Check-in will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Activities will start at 11:00 a.m.


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Tip of the Week: Dating/Partner Violence

Dating/partner violence is a pattern of behaviors between individuals who are or have been involved in an intimate relationship in which an individual inflicts emotional, financial, psychological, sexual and/or physical harm to his/her partner to assert power and control. To find resources or get more information on dating/partner violence, visit http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/sas/dating.html. To contact a 24 hour NOVA Sexual Assault Services coordinator for free confidential support, please call 703.338.0834 or email NOVA.SAS@nvcc.edu.

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