What is the DUI Victim Panel?
This gives victims a different way to work through the recovery/grieving process. It also gives DUI offenders the opportunity to see the outcomes, tragedies, and other negative effects of DUI crashes.
At each 1-1/2 hour session, two-three victims sit on a panel in front of the offenders and simply tell their story of how a DUI crash changed their life forever.
Each victim speaks for approximately twenty to twenty five minutes, and never blames or preaches to the offenders. In addition, a variety of educational, impactful videos are shown.
Offenders are asked to fill out a survey about the panel; this survey asks questions regarding their age, how many DUI’s they’ve had, how they feel before and after the panel, if they think they would ever drive impaired again, how fair they feel sentencing is for offenders in KS, etc. ultimately gauging the impact the panel had on their mindsets.
We collect their payment of $95 and provide a certificate verifying attendance sent through email to the offender, their supervising officer, as well as the court their DUI is through. After the offenders have left, staff and victims have time to talk out any emotional feelings that resurfaced during the evening.
History of DUI Victim Panels
In 1983, District Court Judge David S. Admire and a citizen, Shirley Anderson, started the first DUI Victim Panel in Redmond, Virginia. Judge Admire believed that the DUI offenders coming before him did not realize the seriousness of the possible consequences of impaired driving. Anderson knew the worst possible consequences; her son having been killed by a drunk driver.
We have had over 200,000 offenders in our panels since 2000. The program is being utilized in 44 states since 1998.
- Offered in Wichita since 1990; offered in Spanish since 1995.
- Court ordered by 10 Judicial Districts.
- Requests from other districts being reviewed.
- Associated with 55.75 overall decrease in DUI re-arrest.
Register for a DUI Victim Panel
This powerful program gives impaired driving victims and offenders an opportunity to exchange perspectives and understand negative outcomes, tragic consequences and permanent results of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Please click below to see the dates, times, and location of the DUI Victim Panels. You may also register by clicking below.
“Thank you very much today. Hit me very hard and gave me goose bumps and couldn’t live if I were to take someone’s life!!! I couldn’t thank you for making me want to live!!!! Appreciate it so much”
“I appreciate the time you have give and the cause you are involved in. I am so sorry for your loss and pain.”
“Thank you for everything! This meant a lot to me and how a drunk drive could tear apart my family or how I could tear apart my family or how I could hurt another’s family. Thank you!! ”
“Keep up the good help and work. It will save lives.”
“Thank you for your time and for sharing your story. I am sorry for making the choice to drink and drive. This was very impactful and changed my thinking. Thank you!”
“This has truly opened my eyes. Thank you so much for what you are doing.”
DUI Victim Center of Kansas
313 N. Seneca, Ste. 103
Wichita, KS 67203
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