News Release - December 1, 1999
NEW VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENT PROGRAM
The government introduced a new program today that gives victims of crime a
stronger voice in court.
The Victim Impact Statement Program gives victims the opportunity to tell the
court how a crime has affected them. In recent years, victim impact
information has been provided to courts in a variety of ways. This will ensure
everyone's voice is heard and is a further step the provincial government is
taking to ensure victims are treated with dignity and respect.
"Every victim of a reported crime can complete a victim impact statement,"
Justice Minister Chris Axworthy said. "It is important that the statements and
concerns of victims be considered. The Victim Impact Statement Program is one
way these experiences can be communicated. "
Studies have shown where victim impact statement programs are in place, victims
express greater feelings of being dealt with justly.
Victims feel valued and empowered by the process and for these reasons, a
greater sense of satisfaction with the justice system.
This program will recognize victims of crime and others, like the victim's
family, who may also be affected by the crime. Victims services personnel will
be available for those who need help filling out their victim impact statements.
For more information contact:
Communications and Public Education Branch
Phone: (306) 787-6043