A Victim Impact Statement allows a victim of a crime to express, in writing to a judge how being a victim of crime has affected them and the people close to them, including any physical or emotional harm, property damage or financial loss, and fears for security.
There are two types of Victim Impact Statements:
Victim Impact Statement – allows an individual person impacted by crime to tell the courts how they have been affected by the crime.
Community Victim Impact Statement – allows a community impacted by crime to tell the courts how it has been affected by the crime.
Victims are allowed to bring a photo of other victims to court while giving their victim or community impact statement, or include a picture or a drawing in their victim impact statement if this helps them to better express the impact the crime had on them. Upon request by the Victim and approval by the Judge, Victims may use a testimonial aid when they present their Victim Impact Statement in court.
Filling out a Victim Impact Statement is voluntary and will be provided to the court and only considered by the Judge at the time the offender is sentenced. Victim Impact Statements may also be used during Parole Board hearings. To obtain a Victim or Community Impact Statement form, please contact Victim Services or visit Alberta Victim Services to download the forms directly.
If you have been the victim of a crime and would like support, please contact us by email or call 780-421-2217.