Office of Justice ProgramsAttorney General's Crime Victims' Service Awards


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About the Awards

OVC annually recognizes individuals and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services. On April 24, 2013, an awards ceremony was held in Washington, DC, to honor individuals, organizations, 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.

Award Categories

Allied Professional 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.

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Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services

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.

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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 Fund Award (Retired in 2012)

The Crime Victims Fund Award was retired after the 2011 nomination period and nominations will not be accepted for this Award.

This award recognizes individuals or teams for their outstanding work in pursuing federal criminal offenders and in imposing and collecting the criminal fines, forfeited bail bonds, penalty fees, and special assessments that constitute the Crime Victims Fund and victim restitution.

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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 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).

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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 of our Nation’s victim service providers, some of whom are also victims of crime.

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Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award

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.

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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 a victimization.

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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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