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Submission Guidelines

Nomination Letters

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.

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Allied Professional Award

  • In what ways does the nominee serve victims and/or contribute to the victims field?
  • How does the nominee’s service to victims enhance or increase collaboration in the nominee’s line of work and the victims of crime field?
  • How has the nominee’s service or program affected the community, state, or Nation?

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Award for Professional Innovation in Victim 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 service or program affect the community or other jurisdictions?
  • How did the nominee’s actions influence attitudes, policies, or practices?

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Crime Victims Financial Restoration Award

  • 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 for financial restoration?

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Crime Victims’ Rights Award

  • 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?

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Federal Service Award

  • What extraordinary assistance did the nominee provide for victims of federal crime(s)?
  • How did the nominee’s achievements affect a specific category of victims (homicide, identity theft, etc.), victims in general, their agency, or the Federal Government’s response to crime victims, underserved victims, or communities?
  • What innovative changes in attitudes, policies, or practices were brought about by the nominee?
  • Why are the nominee’s contributions considered beyond the call of duty?

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National Crime Victim Service Award

  • 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?

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Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award

  • 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?

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Special Courage Award

  • 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?
  • Can you provide verification of this act? Submit newspaper articles or links to media reports.

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Tomorrow's Leaders Award

  • 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.

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Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award

  • 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?
  • How is the research project tied to the philosophy of Vision 21? Find information on Vision 21 at http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/vision21/.
  • Does the research feature a partnership between a researcher and a practitioner?
  • Did the researchers do something extraordinary to translate their findings for the field?

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Volunteer for Victims Award

  • 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 how the nominee’s selfless efforts resulted in positive and lasting changes in the lives of crime victims.

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