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About the Awards

Awards Ceremony

OVC annually recognizes individuals and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims. On April 23, 2021, OVC hosted a virtual awards ceremony to honor the recipients of the 2021 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards for their outstanding efforts on behalf of crime victims.

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.

Award Categories

Allied Professional 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.

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Award for First Responders

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.

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Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services

Instituted in 2001, this award recognizes a program, organization, or individual who has helped to expand the reach of victims' rights and services.

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Crime Victims Financial Restoration Award

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.

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Crime Victims Research Award

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.

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Crime Victims’ Rights Award

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.

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Federal Service Award

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).

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National Crime Victim Service Award

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.

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Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award

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.

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Special Courage Award

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.

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Tomorrow's Leaders Award

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.

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Victim Rights Legend Award

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.

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Volunteer for Victims Award

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.

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