Court Victim Impact Statement
A Victim Impact Statement may be the only means of making offenders aware of the harm they have caused. A Victim Impact Statement can be written or oral. It 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. A Victim Impact Statement provides the court with information which leads to appropriate sentences and suitable restitution.
The following are items to consider including in your Victim Impact Statement:
- A brief summary of the harm or trauma suffered by the victim as a result of the crime
- A summary of the financial loss or damage suffered by the victim as a result of the crime
- A short statement of what outcome the victim would like and their reasons, including support for, or opposition to, incarceration, treatment and community service programs
- Highlights about the victim, their past accomplishments, hopes for the future (you may provide visuals)
- The overall effect the incident has had on the victim and family
- Do not repeat facts already presented
You may choose to:
- Present the statement in written form.
- Present the statement orally to the court.
- Request the prosecuting attorney or victim coordinator to orally present the statement.