Awarding exceptional crime and violence prevention programs making a difference to local communities

Nominations are now open for the 2023 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPAs). The ACVPAs recognise and reward good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.

Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Deputy Director Dr Rick Brown said the awards are open to projects of all sizes, including smaller initiatives involving local community groups, that were fully operational before 1 February 2022. Projects can be led by government or non-government agencies, or by individuals. They may address specific groups such as rural and remote communities, women and children, youth, migrant, ethnic or Indigenous communities, or specific problems such as alcohol-related violence.

“The ACVPAs play a vital role in highlighting effective community-based initiatives that help prevent crime and violence in the local community.

“If you are involved in a project that is working towards a safer community or know of a worthy local program that has reduced crime or violence in your community, I strongly encourage you to nominate,” Dr Brown said.

In 2022, we recognised nine programs for their exceptional contributions to crime and violence prevention in the Australian community. 2022 Gold ACVPA winner The Miranda Project was recognised for supporting women in NSW to live free from the criminal justice system and domestic and family violence.

“Their award acknowledges the lasting effects of the Miranda Project on the lives of women impacted by domestic and family violence, including increased safety, increased rates of women remaining in the community, increased housing stability, financial wellbeing, and compliance with community orders,” Dr Brown said.

The ACVPAs are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC. Nominations close 20 April 2023. To apply for this year’s awards visit the AIC website.

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