THE IMPACT ON LIVES
Being a speaker on a Victim Impact Panel (VIP) can have a very positive effect for a victim. It becomes a tool for moving through the overwhelming emotional pain that accompanies the tragic loss of a loved one due to an impaired driver. It may also help promote personal healing. While AAIM does encourage this practice, the decision to speak on an AAIM Victim Impact Panel (VIP) is a very personal one and can only be determined by the victim. Victims interested in being a speaker are invited to observe a panel as a guest, before actually giving a speech. Victim Services personnel will assist in the preparation of a speech, as necessary. AAIM Victim Impact Panels (VIP's) are presented to DUI offenders in the courts, to schools, to community groups and to law enforcement.
AAIM presents panels in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Will, Jo Daviess and Winnebago Counties every month, as well as quarterly panels in Hammond, IN. Panels are also presented in Spanish in DuPage, Cook and Kane Counties.