A partnership between the Mobile County District Attorney's
Office, police, local churches, community organizations, and volunteers,
the Good Samaritans program responds to the emergency needs of victims,
makes referrals to service agencies, and offers victims emotional
and spiritual support. The Good Samaritans project will develop a
training curriculum on effective volunteering that will cover ethics
and confidentiality, an overview of the impact of crime on victims,
communication skills, guidelines for responding to crises, and self-care.
In addition, the project will train volunteers and professionals,
reach out to community members through public service announcements
and a Web site, and identify a pilot site in which to replicate the
initiative. The national office of Volunteers of America and the
National District Attorneys Association are partners in this
effort. For more information, visit the Mobile
County District Attorney's Office Web site.