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Good Samaritans

A partnership between the Mobile County District Attorney's Office,* police, local churches, community organizations, and volunteers, the Good Samaritans program responds to victims' emergency needs, makes referrals to service agencies, and offers victims emotional and spiritual support. The project developed a training curriculum on effective volunteering that covers ethics and confidentiality and provides an overview of the impact of crime on victims, as well as guidelines for responding to crises and self-care. In addition, the project trains volunteers and professionals and reaches out to community members through public service announcements and a Web site. A pilot site in Mississippi is currently replicating the initiative. The national office of Volunteers of America and the National District Attorneys Association are partners in this effort.


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