Each year in the U.S., more than 10,000 people are killed and another 345,000 are injured in drunk driving crashes. In connection with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and the 30th anniversary of the national Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), MADD is releasing A Voice for Victims: MADD Victim Services Report, funded by the generous support of the General Motors Foundation, to raise awareness around the issues facing victims of drunk and drugged driving and underage drinking.
The new report, the first of its kind, provides an inside look at the current state of crime victims’ rights across the country, highlights the challenges both bereaved and injured victims are facing, shows how MADD is serving those victims, and urges concerned citizens to take action.
MADD is a victim service organization at its core. MADD serves more than 61,000 victims each year, and has more than 1,200 trained volunteer and staff victim advocates nationwide. In addition, MADD’s no-cost Victim Services Help Line is available 24/7 at 877-MADD-HELP. Some of the free services MADD offers to victims include:
- Emotional support and guidance
- Referrals to local counselors, support groups and attorneys
- Help navigating the criminal and civil justice systems
- Information and advocacy for coping with complex legal, medical and financial issues
MADD continues to advocate for victims and survivors to have their basic rights upheld — because we know that first there’s the crash, then the lifelong impact.