Victim Impact Statement Booklet

Many victims/survivors who write a Victim Impact Statement have said that it can be a very important part of their healing journey. Being able to write down and share what you have gone through may help you mentally and emotionally. Something else to keep in mind is that even if you choose not to prepare a Victim

It’s an important part of the

healing journey.

Impact Statement the family of the offender is often allowed to participate by testifying on their loved one’s behalf. If you choose not to provide this information, the balance of information could be weighted in favor of the defendant. Your Right to Give a Victim Impact Statement The right to present a written or oral statement in court addressing the impact of the crime on the people most affected is guaranteed in every state. This right is given by the Crime Victims’ Rights Act. This right is stated as such: The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding in the district court involving release, plea, sentencing, or any parole proceeding. This right allows you to give a Victim Impact Statement. How these rights are interpreted by a state can affect how a Victim Impact Statement is delivered. States differ regarding who is allowed to give a Victim Impact Statement. Generally, injured victims/survivors and family members of someone who was injured or killed are often allowed to give a Victim Impact Statement. Some states allow multiple people to deliver impact statements in person or via video and other states will only allow one person per family. All states allow submission of a written statement. Some states provide a form that guides you when developing your Victim Impact Statement, although in most states you are not required to use it.


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