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Victim Impact Statements

Posted by Sandra On May - 29 - 2014


Victim Impact Statements

What Is A Victim Impact Statement?

If You Are a Victim


Over time, I have heard a number of victim impact statements.  Some are touching,  others seem to miss the point.  They can be rambling dissertations  that make everyone in the courtroom  uncomfortable or even confused.   They are sometimes read by the lawyers in the case,  but in those circumstances they seem more like a performance than an actual heartfelt statement.   There are even times where they hurt the real effort to punish.  READ MORE HERE — Very powerful example of victim impact statement!


Victim Impact Statements

Writing a Victim Impact Statement | Pandora’s Project

Jen’s Victim Impact Statement | Victims of Crime


Victim Impact Statements — – Restorative Justice Online

Making a victim impact statement

Victims of a violent crimes can tell the court about how the crime has affected them in one of three ways:

  • prosecutor’s submissions, the prosecutor tells the court about the harm that has been done
  • sworn evidence, the prosecutor calls you as a witness at the sentence hearing and asks about the effects of the crime
  • a written victim impact statement.

A written victim impact statement explains how a violent crime has harmed the victim or affected their life. A statement signed by the victim is presented to the court at the time the offender is being sentenced.

You can make a victim impact statement if you have suffered harm because:

  • a violent crime has been committed against you
  • a violent crime has been committed against a member of your immediate family
  • you are a dependant of someone who has had a violent crime committed against them
  • you went to the aid of a victim of violent crime.

Download our Guide to completing a Victim Impact Statement


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