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Transcript for the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Application Tips and Tools Video

MARILYN ROBERTS, ACTING DIRECTOR, OFICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME: Hello. I'm Marilyn Roberts with the Office for Victims of Crime. I am proud to announce the opening of the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards nomination period. We welcome and encourage the nomination of individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that have demonstrated outstanding efforts on behalf of crime victims.

Every April since 1981, local communities throughout the Nation hold public rallies, candlelight vigils, and a host of other events to commemorate the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and to promote awareness of victims’ rights and needs. The President issues a proclamation in conjunction with the annual observance of NCVRW. Each year, OVC coordinates an annual awards ceremony presided over by the Attorney General to honor individuals and organizations for outstanding service to crime victims.

We have 11 National Crime Victims’ Service Award categories, ranging from agencies with a national scope to the small, hometown, individual Volunteer for Victims award. We are asking you to please submit nominations for this year. Do you know someone making significant strides in meeting the needs of crime victims and their families? Someone who has gone above and beyond the call to serve? Send us a nomination. It will be reviewed and considered for recognition.

Before filling out the nomination form, be sure to review eligibility requirements. Who is eligible? Anyone providing a service to victims of crime, except an elected official and previous award recipients. You can nominate one or more worthy candidates, including individuals, programs, organizations, or a team. Nominees can include, but are not limited to, federal, state, local, or tribal professionals and volunteers in direct victim services. Victims and survivors of crime are eligible for the Special Courage Award. Previous award recipients and elected officials, regardless of award category, are not eligible for subsequent awards.

All nominations should be submitted online at Select the award category that most accurately reflects your nominee's accomplishments and services in supporting crime victims. You will need to answer questions specific to that award type in your nomination letter. An individual, team, program, or organization may not be nominated for more than one category. Each form must include the nominee's full name and e-mail address. An automatic e-mail notification will be sent to the nominee so that he or she can complete their part of the submission. If you are nominating an organization, program, or team, please provide the name and e-mail address of the individuals who would accept the award on behalf of the organization.

Each nomination must be accompanied by an abstract of 100 words or less that outlines the nominee's accomplishments and your reason for nominating this individual, team, program, or organization. The abstract should describe innovative leadership—what have they accomplished that sets them apart from colleagues in their field; exceptional service—why the person or persons you are nominating should receive this award; community impact—how have their accomplishments benefited the community. Also include details that explain the relevance of any support materials that were included in your nomination package.

If you are nominating a group of individuals who work on a specific project, please submit only one nomination letter and abstract for the group. You will need to fill out pertinent information for each individual in the group.

All nominations should be submitted online. If you experience problems submitting the nomination online or accessing the online nomination form, contact the OVC Resource Center at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service at 1–800–851–3420. The nomination period is open from May 1 to July 31. We will email the nominee and the nominator of their award status.