Network For Overcoming Violence and Abuse (NOVA)

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Brighter Futures For Children and Youth

NOVA is a network of public and private agency partners connecting a community of trained adults to children and youth exposed to violence — for trauma counseling, parenting support and other family assistance. This grant was provided to Shelby County Government as the lead agency by The Department of Justice.

Shelby County was one of eight localities in the country chosen to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice Defending Childhood initiative to establish collaborative models for care for children exposed to violence and experiencing the trauma that often results. The network has begun its work in Frayser and Hickory Hill neighborhoods.

Role of Boling Center

The partnership with NOVA and the Boling Center will be to reduce the incidence of children's exposure to violence with a specific focus on intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The faculty and staff of the Boling Center will:

  • Provide a minimum of training sessions conducted with community partners to review best practices in working with individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  • Instruct childcare providers on optimal approaches and services for children with special learning needs
  • Provide resource information to community collaborators as requested

For more information on NOVA and the activities listed above, contact Belinda T. Hardy, LCSW, 901-448-6669 or

Contact BCDD

711 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38105
Phone: 901-448-6511
Fax: 901-448-7097