Victim personal statement
A Victim Personal Statement is a written account. It is your way of telling people, working in the Criminal Justice System, about the crime you have suffered and the impact it has had on you, whether physically, emotionally, psychologically, financially or in any other way. Your Victim Personal Statement gives you a voice and helps the court to understand what you have been through.
Making a Victim Personal Statement is voluntary. Before deciding to make a Victim Personal Statement, you will be advised by the police that if the case reaches court, your Victim Personal Statement will be seen by the Defence. You may be asked questions about your Victim Personal Statement during the trial.
Your Victim Personal Statement can include information such as:
- Any physical or psychological injury you may have suffered.
- The impact on your family.
- How your quality of life has changed on a day-to-day basis.
- If you are worried about the alleged offender being given bail.
- If you feel the crime was racially motivated or that your faith, sexuality or disability played a part in the crime.
- If you need or are receiving additional support as a result of the crime.
- If you intend to claim compensation from the alleged offender for any injury, loss or damage.