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Nominations open for Australia’s best crime and violence prevention programs

19 April 2017 Nominations are now open for the 2017 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA). These awards recognise and reward good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia. Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Mr Chris Dawson, said the awards are open to projects of all sizes, including smaller initiatives involving local community groups, that have been fully operational prior to 1 February 2016. “These awards play a vital role in highlighting effective community-based initiatives to prevent crime and violence, before it actually occurs,” Mr Dawson said. “I strongly encourage businesses, community networks, and members of the public to nominate local projects that have made an impact on their community by preventing or reducing crime and violence,” Mr Dawson 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. “Last year, 15 programs were recognised as winners for their outstanding contributions to crime and violence prevention in the Australian community,” Mr. Dawson said. The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council. Nominations close 19 May 2017. To apply for this year’s awards visit

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