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.

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  1. Nicholas Bradley

    The motor vehicle accident I was involved in on July first of this year Left me, not only with a fractured nose and a whiplash injury but also feeling very down and depressed in the weeks that followed. I spent the following 24 hours, after the accident in hospital.
    I have no memory of the accident itself but do remember suddenly being in another location, laid down with my head in my brother’s hand above a pool of my own blood. The initial shock really brought it home that, when you’re on the road, you could be killed at any moment without even knowing a thing about it! I didn’t feel nervous about driving but felt completely intolerant of any driver doing what I considered “the wrong thing” and had resigned myself to feeling very fatalistic and experienced frequent episodes of being adrenalin charged.
    I also found it very difficult to explain details to the TAC or other professionals without getting upset.
    After discussion with my doctor I decided to see a psychologist about how I was feeling, partly because in my profession as a firefighter, I need to be mindful of the accumulative nature of post-traumatic stress. I was also concerned that, if my symptoms were related to post traumatic stress that it could adversely affect my career.
    I attended several sessions with a psychologist who confirmed that I had some mental illness. He did set me a questionnaire test for post-traumatic stress syndrome but felt that I was better off focusing on recovery than knowing the result of the test. I believe I showed some but not all of the symptoms that relate to this disorder.
    I also was treated for about six months by a physiologist for my neck injury.

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