OVC annually recognizes individuals, teams, programs, and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services. On April 21, 2015, an awards ceremony was held in Washington, DC, to honor individuals, organizations, teams, and programs for their outstanding efforts on behalf of crime victims. Images from this event are available in the Event Photos Gallery.
Past awards ceremonies have been presided over by the U.S. Attorney General, and have been attended annually by approximately 500 crime victims and survivors, victim advocates, and allied professionals from around the Nation. Read the biographies and accomplishments of former award recipients on the OVC Gallery.
- Allied Professional Award
- Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services
- Crime Victims Financial Restoration Award
- Crime Victims’ Rights Award
- Federal Service Award
- National Crime Victim Service Award
- Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award
- Special Courage Award
- Tomorrow's Leaders Award (NEW for 2016)
- Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award
- Volunteer for Victims Award
This award recognizes an individual or individuals from a specific discipline outside the victim assistance field for their service to victims and/or contribution to the victims’ field.
Instituted in 2001, this award is given in memory of Susan Laurence, an OVC employee who helped professionals who had not traditionally served victims to develop effective victim responses. In her honor, this award recognizes a program, organization, or individual who has helped to expand the reach of victims’ rights and services.
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.
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.
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 underserved 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 can include financial crimes, crimes committed in Indian Country, crimes committed on military installations or other federal property (such as national parks or government buildings), traditionally underserved U.S. crime victims, underserved international crime victims (e.g., promoting victims’ rights for international victims of foreign crimes), or federal crimes involving victims who may reside abroad (either U.S. citizens or foreign nationals).
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 of our Nation’s victim service providers, some of whom are also victims of crime.
First announced during the 2005 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Awards Ceremony, 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.
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 a victimization.
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 youth have shown courage and leadership by raising awareness of a problem, highlighting a need for change in policies, and providing direct services for the victim(s).
The Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award recognizes individual researchers or research teams that made a significant contribution to the Nation’s understanding of crime victims issues. The findings from OVC’s landmark initiative, Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report, underscore the importance of "building a body of evidence-based knowledge" as well as conducting both qualitative and quantitative studies that will help us better understand victimization trends, services and behaviors, and enforcement efforts. Nominations that feature unique research-practitioner partnerships or innovative dissemination methods are particularly welcome.
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.