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National anti-crime award winners announced

Media Release

29 October 2010

The Australian Institute of Criminology says youth diversion, domestic violence and community strengthening projects have led the way at the 2010 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards.

The annual Awards are run by the Australian Institute of Criminology as an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. The Awards recognise outstanding community-based projects that prevent or reduce crime and violence.

“Three of the five national awards this year went to projects based in Victoria while a further nine state awards were presented to organisations in Victoria,” AIC Director Adam Tomison said.

“The state is clearly leading the way on crime and violence prevention and making a real difference in the lives of victims, offenders and the whole Victorian community.”

“While all projects have made a difference, many of the Victorian prize winners have achieved outstanding results, significantly reducing the occurrence of crime and in some cases reducing the re-offending of young offenders by up to 70 percent,” Dr Tomison said.

The Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O’Connor presented prizes totalling more than $100,000 at a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra today.

The national winners from Victoria are:

Operation New Start Victoria: A referral program for Victorian state secondary colleges providing academic and vocational support to youth at risk of offending.

The Bridge Project: Providing support, training and employment opportunities to young offenders trapped in a recurring cycle of poverty, crime and imprisonment.

Bsafe Pilot Project: An initiative combining a personal alarm system with risk management strategies to reduce incidents of domestic violence.

There were also nine state award winners from across Victoria.

“These projects are already helping to prevent crime and violence by working in partnership with their local communities.

“There is much that other communities in Victoria and across Australia can learn from the great work that has been done by these award winners,” Dr Tomison said.

“I hope the successes achieved by these projects can be replicated across the nation, reducing crime and violence and helping to create a better quality of life for all Australians.”

AIC Media: Janet Millar 0418 159 525.

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