Kansas DUI Impact Center
The Kansas DUI Impact Center is a nonprofit organization that has served Wichita and surrounding communities statewide since 1987. It is our mission to serve victims of vehicular crime committed under the influence of drugs and alcohol (DUI) with advocacy and support, while preventing future DUI crime by educating offenders convicted of DUI, and increasing awareness through community outreach in the interest of public safety.
The Kansas DUI Impact Center was founded over 25 years ago as the DUI Victim Center of Kansas in Wichita, Kansas and has since focused on providing direct services to all victims of vehicular crime committed under the influence of drugs and alcohol, educating DUI offenders, and increasing awareness through community outreach in the interest of public safety. We are a very small organization with seven (7) regular staff members and three (3) interns usually studying in the fields of criminal justice, forensics, or sociology and psychology. We are heavily reliant on volunteers, we have about 100 active volunteers who are the heartbeat of our organization and give selflessly to those in need.
In summary, our Victim Advocates provide direct victim support through support groups, visitation in home or hospital, with wellness correspondence calls, emails, cards, letters to victims to help them through their recovery process, court accompaniment and assistance navigating our judicial process, case tracking and monitoring, transportation and childcare for court appearances to hundreds of victims annually. Our volunteers assist advocates with many of these functions, and also speak in public forum statewide about their personal DUI fatality or serious injury crashes in the interest of prevention and education in schools across Kansas. Our school based DUI education and prevention programs are critical in creating positive awareness of under-age drinking and impaired driving within the next generation. We hold DUI victim panels for educating offenders convicted of DUI, as well as minors in possession or consumption of alcohol, referred to our agency by courts all over the state. The organization’s Executive Director is responsible for program and project development, fiscal management and development, and personnel.