Services for Victims of Violence and Crime

Servicesfor Victims of Violence and Crime

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Itis not just about the crime and the time. It is also about thevictims. Don’tdrink and drive.

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Symptoms

Drunkdriving does not just affect the offender it also affects thevictims who may be other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Anencounter with a drunk driver may impact one physically oremotionally. One symptom of a drunk driving accident victim is PostTraumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD causes one to experience flashbacksof the drunk driving accident scene. Such flashbacks affect aperson’s awareness and thoughts. Flashbacks result from smells orimages that remind a victim of the drunk driving accident scene. PTSDcausesnightmares. One may also have trouble concentrating, and anindividual may behave in an overly cautious manner. Only a qualifiedtherapist or doctor can actually diagnose you with PTSD (Williamsand Poijula, 2009).

Victimsof drunk driving accidents may also experience strong emotionsparticularly anger. The emotions make one to have violent thoughtsand consider things they would not have thought of before. Thevictim’s anger may originate from the fact that another person’snegligence has led to them getting hurt or losing a loved one(Blocker,Fahey and Tyrrell, 2013).

Anotherapparent symptom is grief which takes place in phases. The victim mayinitially be in shock or disbelief. Later the victim may be indenial. The pain may continue until finally, the victim accept whathas taken place and they regain their sense of hope.

IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE CRIME AND THE TIME. IT IS ALSO ABOUT THE VICTIMS.

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DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE.

The decline in drunk driving fatality over the years thanks to various campaigns.

Symptoms victims experience Agencies that help victims at national level

– Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.-Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Offers counseling.

-Anger . -The National Centre for Crime Victims. Offers trauma coping advice.

-Grief.

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Figure2. Study of drunk driving fatalities done by the Foundation forAdvancing Alcohol Responsibility (Foundationfor Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, 2015).

Thenumber of deaths due to drunk driving is reducing. In figure 2, wecan see that there is a steady decline. From the study conducted bythe foundation for advancing alcohol fatalities, we see it is at9,969 in the year 2014. We anticipate the decline to continue as aresult of increased initiatives geared towards sensitizing the publicon the dangers of drunk driving.

Serviceavailable for drunk driving victims

MothersAgainst Drunk Driving (MADD) is a nonprofit organization with thegoal of stopping drunk driving and supporting the victims of drunkdriving accidents (Blocker,Fahey and Tyrrell, 2013).Founded in 1980 by Candi Lightner, It seeks to assist victims ofdrunk driving accidents. Candi lost her daughter in a drunk drivingincident in 1980 (Dubber,2006).MADD provides victims of drunk driving accidents emotional support.The victims can call the organization’s help lines to forcounseling.

Thenon-governmental organization also provides victims with advocacytools to help them when dealing with law related issues such ascompensation in drunk driving related accidents. MADD providesvictims of drunk driving incidents with information and education toassist them to cope. Thanks to the concerted efforts of MADD, drivingwhile impaired now regularly appears among the list of compensableoffenses (Dubber,2006).

TheCentre for crime victims is another national organization thatassists drunk driving accident victims. The group helps victims getcompensation and cope with trauma and grief. Through its attorneyreferral service, NCVC tries to ensure victims get good legalrepresentation for their cases.

Heavylobbying from the Mothers Against Drunk driving resulted in thereduction of the legal limit of blood alcohol to 0.08 (Foundationfor Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, 2015).Currently, MADD is pushing for all vehicles to have devices in theirignition system that prevent drunk drivers from starting their cars.MADD and NCVC work tirelessly to assist drunk driving accidentvictims. They rely on donations from well-wishers. We should donateto these organizations so as to increase awareness of the dangers ofdrunk driving.

ReferencesBlocker,J. S., Fahey, D. M., &amp Tyrrell, I. R. (2013).&nbspAlcoholand temperance in modern history: An international encyclopedia.Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO.

Dubber,M. D. (2006).&nbspVictimsin the war on crime: The use and abuse of victims` rights.New York: New York University Press.

Foundationfor Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. (2015). DrunkDriving Fatalities in America. Retrievedfromhttp://responsibility.org/get-the-facts/research/statistics/drunk-driving-fatalities/

Williams,M. B., &amp Poijula, S. (2009).&nbspThePTSD workbook: Simple, effective techniques for overcoming traumaticstress symptoms.Portland, Or.: ReadHowYouWant.