The victims/survivors of impaired driving include those who were directly involved in crashes caused by impaired drivers, as well as families and friends who cope with the loss or injury of loved ones.
In the aftermath of a crash, victims/survivors have many questions and often do not know where to turn. MADD Canada’s most important priority is helping those who have lost a loved one or suffered an injury as a result of impaired driving. Every year, we provide a full range of free services to 20,000 victims/survivors of impaired driving.
If you or someone you know is a victim/survivor of impaired driving, MADD Antigonish is here to help.
- MADD Antigonish: (902) 968-9027
- National Victim/Survivor Support Line: 1-800-665-6233
- Find the Victim/Survivor Services Manager for your region.
MADD Antigonish offers free, confidential support services to those affected by this terrible crime. These services include a national toll-free victim/survivor support line (1-800-665-6233), a resource library of support materials using various media, and trained Victim Service Volunteers to assist those who need them. We also hold a National Candlelight Vigil and a Victims’ Weekend every year, and we accompany individuals to court if they request it.
Local Victim Service Volunteers
At a local level MADD Antigonish Chapter offers one-on-one Victim/Survivor Support Services. If impaired driving has affected you or someone you love, we have trained Victim Service Volunteers who can help you through this difficult time.
In addition to providing emotional support, our Victim Service Volunteers also offer court accompaniment. The legal system can be overwhelming to someone experiencing grief and our volunteers are trained to help you make sense of what is happening and to be with you each step of the way.
To access our victim/survivor services, simply call our office at (902) 968-9027. We are here to help. If the office is closed or we are unavailable and you require immediate assistance, you can call our National Office at 1-800-665-6233.
Coping with the emotional, physical and legal effects of an impaired driving crash can be overwhelming. A broad range of programs and services are available from community organizations and agencies but knowing where and how to access them is a challenge.
The MADD Canada Resource Guide provides victims/survivors of crime – and specifically, victims/survivors of impaired driving – with useful information and contacts to help them deal with the criminal justice process and access the various networks of available services and programs. The guide contains up-to-date contact information for federal and provincial resources.
To assist the many victims/survivors injured as a result of impaired driving, MADD Canada has developed a specific Injury Resources Listing. This is a comprehensive list of supportive agencies across Canada that will assist victims/survivors who are suffering from brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and physical disabilities.
Court Accompaniment and Support
Many Chapters offer court support to help families and friends understand the judicial proceedings and to be available to them during this traumatic experience. MADD Canada has trained volunteers at the Chapter level to assist victims/survivors with everything from writing and delivering their impact statements, to encouraging a liaison with Crown Attorneys, police and other professionals.
For more information, call 1-800-665-6233 or contact your local Chapter or Community Leader.
MADD Canada’s brochure series provides information on a variety of topics and issues which victims/survivors of impaired driving may face:
- Trauma, Loss and Bereavement
- Coping with Life After Injury
- A Victim’s/Survivor’s Guide to the Criminal Justice System
- Understanding the Consequences of a Loved One’s Impaired Driving
- Holidays and Hope
Please visit MADD Canada for more victim/survivor services.