World-renowned criminology and victimology expert Dr. John P. Dussich, Fresno State professor emeritus of criminology, received the prestigious Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award from the Office for Victims of Crime honoring his leadership, vision and innovation leading to significant changes in public policy and practice that benefit crime victims. It was presented at the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards ceremony held in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Dussich, who joined the Fresno State faculty in 2003, created the victim advocate concept, establishing the first program in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 1974. He is the founder of the National Organization for Victim Assistance, which he launched in Fresno in 1976. Attorney General Loretta Lynch honored nine individuals, programs, teams and organizations at the April ceremony.

Dr. Dussich has taught, conducted resea​​rch, and provided victim services throughout the world, including in the Sudan, Croatia, Israel, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nepal and China. He is the founding secretary general of the World Society of Victimology, which was launched in Munster, Germany in 1979. He served as the society’s president and was instrumental in the founding of the American Society of Victimology.

Dr. Yoshiko Takahashi, associate professor of criminology, nominated Dr. Dussich for the award. “I have worked with Dr. Dussich for more than seven years as a colleague and his commitment to victim services throughout his career make him well-qualified for this award,” Dr. Takahashi said. “His contribution and efforts to further victims’ rights, education and advocacy are admirable.”​