Each nomination form must be accompanied by a nomination letter. Your nomination letter should include your title, affiliation, and mailing address. Your nomination letter should not exceed two single-spaced, single-sided, letter-size (8.5" x 11") pages and should be typed using a standard 12-point font. Hint: Compose your letter in a word processor prior to initiating the nomination process. You may not save and return to your submission at a later date.
If you are nominating a group of individuals who work on a specific project, please submit only one nomination letter for the group of individuals and one abstract per group. The online nomination form provides space for the contact information for each individual in the group.
Nomination letters must address the questions listed under the award type below.
- Allied Professional Award
- Award for First Responders
- Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services
- Crime Victims Financial Restoration Award
- Crime Victims Research Award
- Crime Victims’ Rights Award
- Federal Service Award
- National Crime Victim Service Award
- Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award
- Special Courage Award
- Tomorrow's Leader Award
- Victim Rights Legend Award
- Volunteer for Victims Award
This award recognizes an individual or individuals from a specific discipline outside the victim assistance field, including, but not limited to health, education, and social work communities, for their service to victims and/or contribution to the crime victims field.
- In what ways does the nominee serve victims and/or contribute to the crime victims field?
- How does the nominee's service to victims enhance or increase collaboration in the nominee's line of work and the crime victims field?
- How has the nominee's service or program affected the community, state, or nation?
This award recognizes an individual or individuals from law enforcement, emergency services, firefighters, and rescue professions for extraordinary acts of valor towards crime victims or contributions to the crime victims field beyond the call of duty.
- In what way was the nominee's action(s) courageous and/or how has the nominee enhanced services to victims contributing to the crime victims field?
- How does the nominee’s service to victims increase collaboration between the nominee's line of work and the crime victims field?
- How has the nominee's service or program affected the community, state, or nation?
Instituted in 2001, this award recognizes a program, organization, or individual who has helped to expand the reach of victims' rights and services.
- Describe how the nominee’s work brought about effective responses in a new or nontraditional area of victims’ rights or services.
- What accomplishments can be attributed to the nominee on behalf of crime victims, and how are those accomplishments unique and original?
- How did the nominee's work or program expand the reach of victims' rights and/or services, or affect the community or other jurisdictions?
- How did the nominee’s actions influence attitudes, policies, or practices?
This award recognizes individuals, programs, organizations, or teams which have developed innovative ways of funding services for crime victims, or have instituted innovative approaches for securing financial restoration for crime victims.
- Describe the nominee’s approach to providing either a new or innovative approach to funding crime victim services at the state, tribal, federal, or national level, or for securing financial restoration for crime victims.
- Describe any new collaborative partnerships formed to advance these innovative approaches.
- How do these approaches benefit crime victims or the crime victims field?
- What efforts did the nominee undertake to promote awareness of these approaches funding victim services or for financial restoration?
The Crime Victims Research Award recognizes individual researchers or research teams that made a significant contribution to the nation's understanding of crime victim issues. Building a body of evidence-based knowledge, as well as conducting both qualitative and quantitative studies, helps us better understand victimization trends, services and behaviors, and enforcement efforts. Nominations that feature unique research-practitioner partnerships or innovative dissemination methods are encouraged.
- In what ways did this research impact victim services policy or practice? Provide a citation or link to the research report or study.
- How did the research respond to a critical information need in the field?
- Does the research feature a partnership between a researcher and a practitioner?
- Did the researcher(s) do something extraordinary to translate their findings for the field?
This award honors the dedicated champions throughout our nation whose efforts to advance or enforce crime victims' rights have benefited victims of crime at the state, tribal, or national level.
- Describe the nominee’s accomplishments to advance or enforce crime victims’ rights.
- How did the nominee’s work affect change in crime victims' rights at the state, tribal, federal, or national level?
- What policies or procedures were implemented as a result of the nominee’s accomplishment(s)?
- In what way is the nominee’s demonstrated work extraordinary or innovative in terms of crime victims’ rights?
This award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of federal agency personnel who lead initiatives or reforms and make extraordinary contributions that impact victims of federal, tribal, and military crimes, or more broadly promotes victims' rights and services for victims nationally and internationally. Federal agency nominees can include individuals, teams, programs, agencies, or their bureau/component personnel who impact victims of all types of crime. Those may include financial crimes, crimes committed in tribal communities, crimes committed on military installations or other federal property (such as national parks or government buildings), or federal crimes involving victims who may reside abroad (either U.S. citizens or foreign nationals).
- What extraordinary assistance did the nominee provide for victims of federal crime(s)?
- How did the nominee's achievements affect their agency, a specific category of victims (homicide, identity theft, etc.), victims in general, or the Federal Government's response to crime victims?
- What innovative changes in attitudes, policies, or practices were brought about by the nominee's efforts?
- Why are the nominee's contributions considered beyond the call of duty?
This prestigious award honors extraordinary individuals and programs that provide services to victims of crime. The award recognizes programs and individuals whose work has been particularly noteworthy, and that exemplify the long-term commitment that characterizes many victim service providers, some of whom are also victims of crime.
- Describe why the nominee is deserving of this prestigious award from OVC.
- What did the nominee accomplish on behalf of crime victims that is particularly noteworthy?
- How does the nominee’s service or program affect the community or other jurisdictions?
- How do the nominee’s actions influence attitudes, policies, or practices in victim services?
Established in 2005, the Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award honors those whose leadership, vision, and innovation have led to significant changes in public policy and practice that benefit crime victims.
- What innovations in public policy did the nominee develop that benefit crime victims, and how are those innovations unique and original?
- How did the nominee’s leadership and vision help to change public policy and influence attitudes?
- What impact does the nominee's work have in the community, state, or nation?
This award recognizes a victim or survivor who has exhibited exceptional perseverance or determination in dealing with his or her own victimization. It may also acknowledge an individual who has acted bravely either to aid a victim or to prevent victimization.
- What act of courage did the nominee perform, either in the aftermath of his or her own victimization or by coming to the aid of another victim?
- How is this act extraordinary?
- Who were the beneficiaries of this courageous act?
- Please provide verification of this act. Submit newspaper articles, links to media reports, letters from public officials, or other supporting documents.
This award seeks to honor and highlight youth up to age 24 years who have dedicated their efforts to supporting victims of crime. Whether they have taken a stand against bullying, peer pressure, domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, child abuse, campus sexual assault, and/or victimization of minority communities including LGBTQ, etc., these young nominees have shown courage and leadership by raising awareness of a problem, highlighting a need for change in policies, and/or providing direct services for victims.
- How did the nominee's actions and assistance impact the lives of victims, the community or the victim service field?
- What makes the nominee's accomplishment or contributions to victim services extraordinary?
- Describe how the nominee's selfless efforts resulted in positive and lasting changes in the lives of crime victims.
This award, instituted in 2019, recognizes an individual whose work over an extended period of time has resulted in positive and substantial change in the field of victim advocacy and/or victims' rights.
- How has the nominee shaped the field by helping enhance or increase services and/or funding for victims of crime?
- In what ways has the nominee helped create institutional or structural changes that benefit victims?
- How has the nominee helped assure that victims' voices are heard during the criminal justice process?
- How has the nominee advanced the assertion, enforcement or knowledge of crime victims' rights?
Many of the dedicated men and women who serve crime victims do so without compensation. This award honors individuals for their extraordinary and selfless efforts resulting in positive and lasting changes in the lives of crime victims.
- How did the nominee’s voluntary actions and assistance impact the lives of victims?
- What makes the nominee’s volunteer contributions to victim services extraordinary?
- How does the nominee’s service or program impact the community or victim services field?
- Describe the nominee's volunteer service and the time that has been devoted, as well as how their selfless efforts resulted in positive and lasting changes in the lives of crime victims.