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    VIC10983 Rev. 2015-09

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    Victim Impact Statement Guidelines

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    This form may be used to provide the court with a description of the impact the crime has had on you physically, emotionally, financially, and on your life.

    The offender could be sentenced at any time. Tell your local victim services unit you wish to complete a victim impact statement as soon as charges are laid.

    Important Information

     

    Once you have printed and signed the form, contact your local victim services unit to obtain a Victim Impact Statement envelope and a pre-addressed court  envelope. 

    The court may not consider your victim impact statement if it is not submitted in the correct Victim Impact Statement envelope.

    Mail your completed victim impact statement to the courthouse as soon as it is completed. You can write another victim impact statement as time goes on.

    The victim impact statement does not deal with financial repayment. If you are seeking financial repayment from the offender, complete a Statement on Restitution form available from your local victim services unit or online at:

    https://www.solgps.alberta.ca/programs_and_services/victim_services/help_for_victims/Pages/default.aspx

    Do not include anything in your victim impact statement that you do not want the offender, the media or the general public to know.

    You can choose to present your victim impact statement in court. Anyone in the courtroom (the public, offender and media) will hear your victim impact statement.

    If you do not present your victim impact statement in court, the offender will be allowed to read the victim impact statement. It also becomes part of the public record. This means the media may be able to access your victim impact statement.

    Your statement can include:

     ü How the crime has affected your mind

     ü How the crime has affected your body

     ü How the crime has affected you financially

     ü Fears for your safety

     ü You can draw a picture, write a poem or a letter to include in your statement if it helps you express the impact the crime has had on you

     ü You can read your statement in the presence of a support person that you choose and have a picture with you that was taken before the crime

    Victim Impact Statement

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    This form may be used to provide a description of the physical or emotional harm, property damage or economic loss suffered by you as the result of a commission of an offence, as well as a description of the impact of the offence on you.  You may attach additional pages if you need more space.

    Your statement must not include

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    any statement about the offence or the offender that is not relevant to the harm or loss you suffered;

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    any unproven allegations;

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    any comments about any offence for which the offender was not convicted;

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    any complaint about any individual, other than the offender, who was involved in the investigation or prosecution of the offence; or

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    except with the court's approval, an opinion or recommendation about the sentence.

    You may present a detailed account of the imp[act the offence has had on your life. The following sections are examples of information you may wish to include in your statement. You are not required to include all of this information.

    Emotional Impact

    Describe how the offence has affected you emotionally. For example, think of

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    your lifestyle and activities;

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    your relationships with others such as your spouse, family and friends;

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    your ability to work, attend school or study; and

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    your feelings, emotions and reactions as they relate to the offence.

    Physical Impact

    Describe how the offence has affected you physically. For example, think of

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    ongoing physical pain, discomfort, illness, scarring, disfigurement or physical limitation;

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    hospitalization or surgery you have had because of the offence;

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    treatment, physiotherapy or medication you have been prescribed;

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    the need for any further treatment or the expectation that you will receive further treatment; and

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    any permanent or long-term disability.

    Economic Impact

    Describe how the offence has affected you financially. For example, think of

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    the value of the property that was lost or damaged and the cost of repairs or replacement;

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    any financial loss due to missed time from work;

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    the cost of any medical expenses, therapy or counselling; and

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    any costs or losses that are not covered by insurance.

    Please note this is not an application for compensation or restitution.

    Fears for Security

    Describe any fears you have for your security or that of your family and friends. For example, think of

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    concerns with respect to contact with the offender; and

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    concerns with respect to contact between the offender and members of your family or close friends.

    Drawing, Poem or Letter

    You may use this space to draw a picture or write a poem or letter if it will help you express the impact that the offence has had on you.

    To the best of my knowledge, the information contained in this statement is true.

    Dated this

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    If you completed this statement on behalf of the victim, please indicate the reasons why you did so and the nature of your relationship with the victim.

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    Kimberly Lapierre

    September 14, 2015

    Justice and Solicitor General

    This form may be used to provide the court with a description of the impact the crime has had on a victim physically, emotionally, financially, and on their life.

    Victims Services

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