The Penalties and Sentences Act (1992) and the Juvenile Justice Act (1992) both make provisions for the sentencing court to consider the impact of any harm caused to the victim when sentencing.
The Victims of Crime Assistance Act (2009) also provides that a victim has the right to inform a sentencing court, through the prosecution, of the impact which the crime has had on them and their family.
This may take the form of a victim impact statement, a written document prepared by the victim and submitted to the court for consideration. A victim impact statement provides an opportunity for a victim of crime to communicate to the court details of any physical, emotional, financial and social impacts which the crime has had on them.
The guide steps victims of crime through the process of how to consider, write and submit a victim impact statement.
It is also a relevant and comprehensive resource for agencies working with victims of crime, assisting them in supporting their clients through the process.
If your agency would like further information or requires a tailored information session on the development and submission of victim impact statements, please contact Victims Linkup on 1300 546 587 or by email.