MADD marks Victims of Crime Act

ESCANABA – This year during National Crime Victims Rights Week, (NCVRW) we celebrate landmark legislation enacted 30 years ago. The 1984 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) affirmed the nation’s commitment to restoring rights, protections, and services for all victims of crime – a commitment that endures and evolves to this day.

Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, MADD Is the Nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk drivers and underage drinking. MADD Michigan was founded in 1983. MADD Michigan has victim service specialists statewide who are funded by VOCA to provide support and information at no cost to people whose loved ones have been killed or injured in impaired driving crashes.

In 2012, hundreds of victim/ survivors in Michigan, both injured and bereaved, received referrals, financial recovery information, criminal justice support, and emotional support in person and by telephone. Victim service specialists around the state provide ongoing support and training for volunteer victim advocates in communities across the state. Nationwide MADD served one victim and/ or survivor every eight minutes last year.

In honor of NCVRW, , the MADD Michigan Victim Memorial Boards were on display this week in Bay De Noc College’s cafeteria in Escanaba. The boards were created to honor and remember the thousands of victims who have been killed or injured in an impaired driving crash. The boards are dedicated in hope of a better future.

If you or someone you love has been killed or injured in an impaired driving crash, and you would like to honor them by participating in the Memorial boards, please call 906-474-9346 or 800-323-6233.

Thirty years after this turning point in the struggle for justice, we have much to celebrate and still, much to strive for.