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Nominations are now open for the 2018 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards. The awards recognise and reward good practice in the prevention and reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.

Australian Institute of Criminology Director, Mr Michael Phelan said the awards are open to programs and projects of all sizes.

“We are looking for Australia’s most successful crime and violence prevention programs. We want to highlight the vital role community-based initiatives play in preventing crime and violence across the country and inspire other organisations to do the same,” Mr Phelan said.

“I strongly encourage law enforcement, government, community groups and members of the public to nominate their own or other programs that have made a positive impact on their community.

“These awards serve both to encourage public initiatives and assist the Government to identify and develop practical projects to reduce violence and other types of crime.

“Last year, 11 programs were recognised as winners for their outstanding contributions to their local communities.

“Uncovering and rewarding these projects appropriately is an important part of the Australian Institute of Criminology’s work. The Institute also promotes justice and reduces crime by conducting and sharing evidence-based research to inform policy and practice.”

The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian and state and territory governments and are coordinated and hosted by the Australian Institute of Criminology.

Nominations close 12 June 2018. To apply for this year’s awards, visit www.aic.gov.au/acvpa2018.