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Attorney General > Office Initiatives > Hoosier Hearts Award Hoosier Hearts Award

The Indiana Attorney General's Office is now accepting nominations for the second annual Hoosier Hearts Award for Distinguished Advocacy.

"Our criminal justice system relies on the strength and courage of victims to speak out about the crimes committed against them," Attorney General Greg Zoeller said."Victims’ lives are touched everyday by those who are devoted to providing them support and encouragement. Just as advocates work to ensure victims’ voices are heard, our office will make sure their selfless efforts to help others do not go unrecognized."

The Attorney General created three Hoosier Hearts Hero Award categories to help recognize shelter volunteers and staff on an annual basis:

  • Career Advocate: This individual has made a career-long commitment to helping victims of domestic violence and advocacy for sexual assault victims and their families
  • Volunteer Advocate: As advocacy centers often have limited resources, an outstanding volunteer demonstrates a strong commitment to helping with everyday tasks which range from sorting donations to even some victim assistance
  • Rookie of the Year: A new advocate to the field can bring different ideas, a refreshing perspective to a career of service or can go above and beyond to help those in need

To nominate an advocate for the Hoosier Hearts Award please submit a letter  or email with the following information:

  • Contact information for the nominee and the person writing the letter
  • The name of the advocate and the advocacy center or shelter the nominee works for
  • Which category the person is being nominated in
  • A brief overview of the nominee's career in service
  • How the nominee exemplifies the 2013 Crime Victims' Rights Week theme, "New Challenges, New Solutions."

Please submit the letter to:

Indiana Attorney General's Office
Victim's Assistance
302 W. Washington Street, 5th Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Email nominations can be sent to

Nominations are due by Dec. 31. Winners will be announced during a formal ceremony in April at the Statehouse in Indianapolis during National Crime Victim’s Rights Week.

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