TIP OF THE WEEK: Cyberstalking: When It Gets Personal and Digital

Common indications of online harassment include: Threats via email, posts, and any form of online messaging and communication. Any public online publication of vicious posts that expose or attack you. Attempts to defame or slander your reputation by posing as you online. Harassment of friends, family, and colleagues in order to frighten or isolate a person, family, or organization.

Search for yourself online, using your name, username, phone number, or any other personal information. Is there anything out there that’s too revealing? Worse, is there anything out there that you haven’t created yourself?

If you’ve recently broken up with a spouse or significant other, ensure that you change each and every password that they do (or might) know about—particularly if the person or break-up was difficult, abusive, angry, or otherwise troublesome.

Change your passwords to something that person wouldn’t be able to guess.

Have your computer inspected by a professional if you believe that you may be targeted. They need to check for spyware and other viruses, too.

Check your credit report status regularly, particularly if you’re in the public eye (as a businessperson, professional, celebrity, etc.).

Ignore annoying but non-threatening messages. Sometimes a stalker just wants some attention; when you refuse to give the attention, the person will choose an easier target.

Avoid responding to any suggestive messages or comments, even if it seems fun, tempting, or harmless.

Do you believe you have a cyberstalker? Then trust your gut about that. It’s better to be wrong than to be… in a very bad position. Consider the following internet safety tips:

Record and report each incident.
Change your screen-name.
Consider closing your account altogether.
Don’t panic; reach out for support from people whom you trust.
The faster you block that person’s ability to hurt or harass you,
the sooner he or she will leave you alone.
If you’re worried about your safety and well-being, don’t hesitate
to contact police and law enforcement authorities. NOVA Police are available 24/7 at 703-764-5000.


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TIP OF THE WEEK: Resources for Homeless Community Members

homeless1NOVACares provides information for local emergency shelter for homeless community members. There are several options for housing in NOVA such as, off-campus housing, Arlington County Assistance Bureau, and Alternative House to name a few. For more information on homeless housing in Virginia please visit http://www.nvcc.edu/support/_files/HOMELESS-SHELTER-REFERRAL-LIST.pdf. If you or someone you know is homeless and you are seeking guidance submit an online report at https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?NorthernVirginiaCC

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Managing Election Stress: Tips from the JED Foundation

Managing Election Stress
November 9, 2016
Many people have found the recent political campaigns and election to be dramatic and emotionally challenging. If you are experiencing distress or heightened stress here are some things you can do to help feel better:
Stick to your routine:
Maintaining your regular schedule of activities and taking care of your usual responsibilities can help engage you and reestablish a sense of normalcy and regularity.
Take care of yourself:
You will feel better if you get enough sleep, eat properly and get regular exercise.
Engage in pleasurable and meaningful activities:
Take some time to do something you usually enjoy-take a walk, go to a movie, spend time with friends. Doing activities that help or support others can increase your sense of well-being and enhance your optimism.
Limit your social media time:
Constantly checking news feeds or other social media can increase your tension. Set aside specific times to check news and social media. Too much time online also can interfere with getting enough sleep.
Limit substance use:
Drinking or partying to feel better might seem to help in the very short run but will leave you feeling depleted and lower.
Limit political debate and argument:
It’s important to stay engaged and informed in the political process and the news – but keep it in balance. If it is stressing you out, then let some time pass or take a break.
Spend time with supportive friends and family:
Being with people who care about you can help you feel safe and protected.
If you have tried these steps and are still feeling very stressed, down or despairing, you should consider getting help from a mental health professional. Check out your school counseling service or speak to your healthcare provider or a trusted adult to get connected to care.
If you are feeling like you need immediate help, text “start” to 741-741.
If you are feeling as if you or someone you know is in immediate danger of self-harm, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.
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TIP OF THE WEEK: Veteran Support Resources

TIP OF THE WEEK: NOVACares is committed to providing services for our veteran students and their families by ensuring they have access to support to inspire student success. Virginia Veteran & Family Support (VVFS), formerly known as the Wounded Warriors Program, provides each campus with peer specialists who can meet with students individually on or off campus. For information about veteran support groups, click the link below http://www.ptsd.va.gov/…/treat…/cope/peer_support_groups.asp. To visit our website go to http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/program/index.htmlvet-day



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Tip of the Week: Stress Management

stressNOVACares offers several resources for members of the NOVA community. If you are having a hard time managing your stress, you can visit our website http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/program/index.html , and click on the “Stress Management” tab. There, you will find helpful tips to manage stress, and useful links on more information. Click below to try out our deep-breathing exercise. http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/_img/tumblr_nexv126czE1ql82o1o1_500.gif


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Tip of the Week: Consent

feature-consent-stop-sexual-violence-oct-2014_700x538Consent is a voluntary and sober agreement to engage in every step of a sexual activity. The absence of a verbal “no” does not indicate consent. If consent is not present then a sexual assault has been committed. Consent can be withheld at any point and must be given for each act along the path. Individuals who are intoxicated cannot give consent. Even if permission to have sexual activity is gained through force, an imbalance of power, use of coercion, the threat of violence or is perpetrated against someone who is not able to give consent, because that individual is sleep, incapacitated, unconscious, legally intoxicated or a minor, consent is not actually given.
For more information about consent please visit http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/sas/sexual-assault.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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Tip of the Week: Unhealthy Relationships

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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Tip of the Week: Stalking

Stalking is a course of conduct, targeted at a particular person that causes a reasonable person to feel fear. On college campuses the stalker is often not a stranger to the victim. Four out of five campus victims know their attacker. These perpetrators have an intimate relationship or close friendship; they may be classmates, co-workers, neighbors, acquaintances, or related to their victims. If you or someone you know is being stalked, contact a 24 hour NOVA Sexual Assault Services Coordinator for free confidential support. Please call 703.338.0834 or email NOVA.SAS@nvcc.edu. For more information and resources about stalking, please visit http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/sas/stalking.html

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Tip of the Week #6: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

dvOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic 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 domestic violence (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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NOVA SAS at MEC for The Clothesline Project!










NOVA SAS coordinates The Clothesline Project at NOVA.  Today we visited MEC. Here are some of the shirts that were designed today!

“The Clothesline Project is a non-governmental organization created to bring awareness to the issue of violence against women. For women who have been affected by violence, it is a means of expressing their emotions by decorating a t-shirt. After the shirts have been decorated, they are hung on a clothesline display.”

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