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Victim SERVICES

Let us know how you, your family, and others close to you have been affected by the crime by expressing what you have experienced in a victim impact statement.

Victim Impact Statement

A Victim Impact Statement gives you a chance to tell the court how you have been affected by a crime.  It is up to you to decide if you want to complete one.

A Victim Impact Statement is intended to give victims a voice in the Criminal Justice System. It allows victims to participate in the judicial process by explaining to the court and the offender, in their own words, how the crime has affected them. It is only read when the charges are proven in court or if the offender pleads guilty and is read before sentencing.

Red deer Victim Services Unit can explain the Victim Impact Statement form, but cannot assist victims in completing the form or writing the statement.

The Victim Impact Statement forms can be picked up at the Red deer Victim Services Unit office. Completed forms can be mailed in the pre-addressed envelope or dropped off at the courthouse.

Please DO NOT return completed Victim Impact Statement forms to the RCMP detachment or to Red Deer Victim Services Unit.

Note:

Charges must be laid in order to give an impact statement.

Please visit the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General website to download a Victim Impact Statement Form or to read more about Victim Impact Statements. You may also download a Victim Impact Statement by clicking here.

Please contact the Red Deer City Victim Service Unit  for information on local agencies that may be able to assist you in completing a Victim Impact Statement.

Additional information is available in the Victim Impact Statement brochure.

Note:

"Is intended to give victims of crime a voice in the criminal justice system; it allows victims to participate in the sentencing of the offender by explaining to the court and the offender, in their own words, how the crime has affected them."

It is only read if the charges are proven in court or if the offender pleads guilty and is read before sentencing. 

The Criminal Code is clear where a victim impact statement has been prepared, the sentencing  judge must consider the statement. The judge must also ask, before imposing the sentence, whether the victim has been told about the opportunity to prepare a victim impact statement.   

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