victim_services_guideMADD Canada has many informative print publications and online resources to help victims/survivors of impaired driving.

Brochures

MADD Canada’s brochure series (PDF format) provides information on a variety of topics and issues which victims/survivors of impaired driving may face:

Resource Guide

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. 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 includes contains up-to-date contact information for federal and provincial resources.

Information Guide to Assist Victims

This guide is intended to assist victims of federal offenders (in other words, offenders who have received a sentence of two years or more or who are under the jurisdiction of the Correctional Service of Canada or the Parole Board of Canada) Published by The National Office for Victims (NOV), Public Safety Canada, this guide outlines federal legislation that impacts victims of crime, such as amendments to the type of information a registered victim may receive about the offender who harmed them.

Injury 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.

Victim Services Volunteer (VSV)

Victim Services Volunteers (VSV) offer support to victims/survivors of impaired driving. To be a VSV, there are two levels of training required. Level I is a free online course available to all MADD Canada members. Although it is not a requirement of membership, we recommend that all members complete the course to increase their sensitivity and knowledge of victims’/survivors’ issues. To learn more about taking the course, contact Ardene Vicioso at 1-800-665-6233, ext. 227 or avicioso@madd.ca. If you are not a member of a Chapter/Community Leader group or there is no Chapter/Community Leader in your area, but you are interested in supporting victims/survivors in your community, please contact the Victim Services Manager for your region:

  • Gillian Phillips, Western Region (MB, SK, AB, BC, YT, NWT) at 1-866-461-4077 or via email at gphillips@madd.ca
  • Steve Sullivan, Ontario Region at 1-866-876-5224 or via email at ssullivan@madd.ca
  • Marie Claude Morin, Quebec Region at 1-877-392-6233 or via email at mcmorin@madd.ca
  • Gloria Appleby, Atlantic Region (NS, NB, PE, NL) at 1-866-381-8310 or via email at gappleby@madd.ca

Level II is an advanced face-to-face training course. Participants must successfully complete Level I training and must meet all other screening requirements before being admitted to the course.

Resource Lending Library

A variety of books, video and audio cassettes on a diverse range of victim-focused subjects are available for you to borrow from our National Office. If you would like to borrow materials, please contact the Victim Services Manager for your region:

  • Gillian Phillips, Western Region (MB, SK, AB, BC, YT, NWT) at 1-866-461-4077 or via email at gphillips@madd.ca
  • Steve Sullivan, Ontario Region at 1-866-876-5224 or via email at ssullivan@madd.ca
  • Marie Claude Morin, Quebec Region at 1-877-392-6233 or via email at mcmorin@madd.ca
  • Gloria Appleby, Atlantic Region (NS, NB, PE, NL) at 1-866-381-8310 or via email at gappleby@madd.ca

Resource lists in PDF format:

Sentencing

Sentencing for impaired driving, particularly for the most serious offence of impaired driving causing death, can be complicated and complex. A number of factors impact the sentence, including number of aggravating and mitigating factors, plea deals, issues related to evidence/breath test results, judge’s discretion, whether the offender has previous convictions, etc. Sentences for impaired driving causing death have become longer over the past 15 years; it used to be common for a conviction of impaired driving causing death to result in a sentence of 2 years or less and often it was a conditional sentence, meaning the offender could serve it at home instead of being imprisoned. However, improvements are still needed. Today, most sentences still fall far too short and fail to represent any real justice for the victims and their families. MADD Canada’s Sentencing Framework for Impaired Driving offers information on sentencing principles of the Canadian justice system and our recommended sentencing range.