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Rewarding Australia’s best in crime and violence prevention

Media release

19 October 2017

In partnership with the Minister for Justice, the Hon. Michael Keenan, the Australian Institute of Criminology today awarded 11 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards to police and community-led projects across the nation.

As a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management, these annual awards recognise the outstanding contributions being made across Australia for crime prevention, including the development and implementation of practical projects to reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.

Australian Institute of Criminology Acting Director, Nicole Rose PSM, said these awards encourage public initiatives, and assist governments in identifying and developing practical projects which will reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.

“Through these awards, the Australian Institute of Criminology has been recognising and rewarding best practice in the prevention and reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia for more than 25 years,” Ms Rose said.

“This year we have recognised the efforts of eleven projects across the country for their role in protecting our communities and enhancing our national response to crime and violence prevention.

“These projects are of a high quality, have demonstrated sustainable project outcomes, and in many cases have the ability to be adapted for other geographic locations.

“The Australian Crime and Violence Awards provide a valuable service to government by identifying practical projects that are reducing harm to the community, and raising community awareness of crime and violence.

“I congratulate the winners of the 2017 Awards, and encourage other community and police-led projects across the country to consider nominating their project for recognition in 2018,” Ms Rose said.

2017 Community-led project winners:

  • Gold: BackTrack Youth Works (NSW)
  • Gold: Prisoner’s Kids: The Invisible Victims of Crime (SA)
  • Silver: Take Kare Safe Spaces Ambassador Program (NSW)
  • Silver: NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence, Aboriginal Qualification Pathway (NSW)
  • Silver: Braking the cycle (Qld)
  • Bronze: Encounter Youth’s Party Safer Education Program (SA)
  • Bronze: Neighbourhood Watch Australasia Remote and Vulnerable Communities Project (NT)