A Victim Impact Statement gives the victim an opportunity to provide information for the judge to consider at sentencing, and allows the victim to express the pain, anguish and financial devastation the crime has caused. Victims have little opportunity to communicate how the crime affected them to judges and other criminal justice system personnel during the criminal and juvenile justice processes. A Victim Impact Statement provides the court with information which leads to appropriate sentences and suitable restitution, as well as makes the offender aware of the harm they have caused to the victim.
How is the statement presented? According to law, the victim determines how the statement should be presented at the sentencing or disposition hearing. They may choose to:
What can I include in my Victim Impact Statement:
Consider the following facts when writing or speaking to the court: