DOJ: News Release

Nominations Open for Outstanding Victim Advocate of the Year

HELENA – Attorney General Steve Bullock on Wednesday announced that his office is accepting nominations for the 2009 Attorney General’s Outstanding Crime Victim Advocate award.

Each April in conjunction with Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Attorney General’s Office honors one or more outstanding victim advocates from around the state. Recipients are recognized with a plaque presented by the Attorney General.

“Montana’s crime victim advocates have a difficult but very important job,” Bullock said. “It’s the advocate’s role to make sure that victims understand the criminal justice system and, just as important, that our justice system understands that victims have rights as well. The support they give to victims who have been traumatized by crime is invaluable.”

Past award recipients have included shelter volunteers and staff, nurses, law enforcement officers, and advocates working in local county attorneys’ offices, and on Montana’s college campuses and reservations. In addition to individuals, a team also may be nominated.

The nomination form is available online [link removed on 4/20/09], or call the Office of Victim Services at (406) 444-3653. Nominations must be postmarked no later than April 10.

This year, Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 27 – May 1.

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