A victim impact statement allows the victim to tell the judge or magistrate exactly how a crime has affected their life, physically, psychologically and financially, and may be taken into account during sentencing.
It is the victim’s choice whether or not to make a Victim Impact Statement but it is generally a very worthwhile experience on many levels.
Victim impact statements are generally written by the victim and read by the magistrate or judge but they may also be presented orally during the criminal process prior to sentencing by the victim.
Victim impact statements should be concise but also should clearly express exactly how the victim has been affected by the crime.
If you have been the victim of crime in Victoria and require assistance with preparing your Victim Impact Statement contact Victims of Crime Counselling services on freecall 1800 000 055.