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NCJ Number: 251642 
Title: It's Not an "Accident": It's a Crime!
Corporate Author: National Sheriffs' Association (NSA)
United States of America
Date Published: April 2018
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Sheriffs' Association (NSA)
Alexandria, VA 22314-3490
Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2015-VF-GX-K008
Sale Source: National Sheriffs' Association (NSA)
1450 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3490
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Brochure/Pamphlet; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Emphasizing that a drunk-driving vehicle crash should be viewed by police as a violent crime that can cause the death or injury of victims, this brochure encourages first-responder police officers to focus on victim services for all directly affected by the crime, viewing them as victims of a violent crime.
Abstract: Officers’ initial response to a DUI crash is a key factor in whether or not a victim ultimately receives crime-victim services and assistance. Officers should always encourage victims to seek immediate medical attention, even if no signs of injury are obvious; for example, DUI crash victims may have brain injuries without any outward wound on the skull. In addition to referring DUI crash victims to a crime-victim services provider, officers should provide victims or their survivors with written contact information on state crime victim compensation programs. Program funds are available for crime victims in paying for medical care, counseling, lost income, funeral bills, and many other expenses incurred by DUI victims or their survivors. It is important for officers to complete and file promptly reports that will be important in establishing grounds for victim compensation. The federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) authorizes funds to a state’s VOCA administering agency that can be supplied to local law enforcement agencies to assist DUI crash victims through an agency’s crime victim assistance unit.
Main Term(s): Police services for victims
Index Term(s): Driving Under the Influence (DUI); OVC grant-related documents; OVC Resources; Traffic accidents; Victim compensation; Victim services; Victims of violent crime; Violent crimes
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