MADD American Indian Outreach
According to the Fatality Analysis
Reporting System—a Government
census of all fatal U.S. automobile
crashes—more than 70 percent
of all traffic-related fatalities in
American Indian communities involve
the use of alcohol. Consequently, OVC
funded the Mothers Against Drunk Driving
(MADD) Native American Awareness Campaign
to establish victim service programs
that support American Indian victims
and survivors of drunk-driving accidents.
The MADD campaign highlights the victim
services available to American Indians
and seeks to develop culturally sensitive
materials that outline those services
as well as important tips for coping
with victimization. Funding was also
used to create the "Heritage
Kit," which will be distributed to the American Indian
community. The kit includes "Path of Hope," a 15-minute
video that shows the effects of victimization through firsthand
accounts from family members of drunk-driving victims.
Individuals tell how the accidents happened, describe their
devastating impact, and explain how MADD provided help
that was sensitive to American Indian beliefs and culture.
The kit also features awareness posters and brochures.
For more details, visit the MADD