What do I write?
There are a few rules about making a Victim Impact Statement. You should include information about the effects of the crime, such as:
- If you suffered physical injuries, a description of those injuries including any pain suffered and any treatment you have had or may still be having, together with a statement about how those injuries have impacted on your life.
- If you suffered financial loss, details of the loss and how the loss has impacted on your life and lifestyle.
- If you have suffered emotional or psychological harm, a description of how you have suffered (including any treatment) and any impacts on you, your relationships and family, your work, and your lifestyle.
- Any other effects that you believe are important and should be considered by the court.
You should not include:
- any detailed description of the crime (the prosecutor will provide this information to the court)
- any abuse or vilification of the convicted person
- offensive language
- comments on the police, court or justice systems
- an opinion on the sentence that the courts should give
Concentrate on how the offence has affected you and your family.
When you are making a Victim Impact Statement as a result of the unlawful death of a family member, you might wish to include a description of your loved one, such as:
- who that person was to you
- the life they led
- your relationship with them
- whether you were dependent on them for emotional, financial or physical support
- how your life has changed as a result of their death