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NCJ Number: 240572 Find in a Library
Title: National Victim Assistance Academy Resource Paper: Impaired Driving
Series: OVC Training
Corporate Author: Office for Victims of Crime, Training and Technical Assistance Ctr (TTAC)
United States of America
Date Published: September 2012
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime, Training and Technical Assistance Ctr (TTAC)
Fairfax, VA 22030
Sale Source: Office for Victims of Crime, Training and Technical Assistance Ctr (TTAC)
10530 Rosehaven Street
Suite 400
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material; Issue Overview
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper presents an overview of the trends and issues service providers should consider when assisting survivors of impaired driving crimes.
Abstract: In 2009, approximately 10,000 people died in vehicle crashes in which a driver was alcohol-impaired. Victims of impaired driving include those who are injured or killed by an impaired driver, as well as family members and friends of those who are injured or killed by impaired drivers. Specific victimization effects for injured surviving victims of impaired driving and their family/friends are outlined. With particular reference to victim service providers, one section of the paper identifies and discusses effective victim-support and advocacy responses for those impacted by impaired driving crashes. Topics addressed are the provisions of impaired-driving laws, assistance for survivors, important subjects in the education of victim service providers who assist impaired-driving victims, working with survivors at various stages of the aftermath of the crash, and advocating for the prevention of and effective responses to impaired driving. The section of the paper that addresses “Cultural Sensitivity and Barriers to Reporting” focuses on the importance of taking into account the cultural backgrounds of those impacted by impaired-driving crashes. Barriers to victim assistance pertain to language, a hearing handicap, diverse religious beliefs, immigrations status, sexual orientation, diverse cultural perspectives of impaired driving, and varying cultural perspectives of law enforcement officers and the criminal justice system. A discussion of “Future Considerations” focuses on the importance of identifying and responding appropriately to other causes of impaired driving other than alcohol and drugs, e.g., testing, cell phone use, running traffic lights and stop signs, and drowsiness while driving. 23 notes
Main Term(s): Victim services
Index Term(s): Cultural influences; Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Fatalities; Offense characteristics; Offense statistics; Survivors services; Traffic accidents; Traffic offenses
Note: One in a series of eight resource papers
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