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 Metro Vancouver is here to help.
- MADD Metro Vancouver: (604) 515-9212
- National Victim/Survivor Support Line: 1-800-665-6233
- Find the Victim/Survivor Services Manager for your region
Our trained Victim Service Volunteers (VSVs) provide a unique kind of support to those who have been affected by the crime of impaired driving. VSVs help in various ways:
- by offering a non-judgmental and understanding presence in times of need
- by being there when others may have shied away
- by providing valuable insight into the criminal justice system, as it pertains to impaired driving cases
- by providing court accompaniment, as available
- by providing assistance when writing a Victim Impact Statement
VICTIMS ARE OUR #1 PRIORITY
If you are a victim/survivor in need of support, please call us at (604) 515-9212. A Victim Services Volunteer (VSV) will call you back with information about our Victim Services and how we may be able to help.
Whether you have questions, or just feel like you need someone to talk to we can help. Please call. Friends are standing by.
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 (PDF) 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 (PDF). 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 (PDF)
- Coping with Life After Injury (PDF)
- A Victim’s/Survivor’s Guide to the Criminal Justice System (PDF)
- Understanding the Consequences of a Loved One’s Impaired Driving (PDF)
- Holidays and Hope (PDF)
Please visit MADD Canada for more victim/survivor services.