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Nominations Open for Outstanding Victim Advocate of the Year

HELENA – Attorney General Steve Bullock on Tuesday announced that his office is accepting nominations for the 2011 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.

“I believe we have a responsibility to respond to crime victims in the most compassionate and supportive way possible,” Bullock said. “In Montana, it’s often our crime victim advocates who put a face on the criminal justice system. The support they give to victims who have been traumatized is invaluable and helps tremendously in the process of holding offenders accountable.”

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, or call the Office of Victim Services at (406) 444-3653. Nominations must be postmarked no later than April 1.

This year, Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 10 – 16.

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