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    Victim Impact Statement | Financial Benefits | Trial Expenses | Restitution

  • Victim Impact Statement - A Victim Impact Statement allows victims to explain to the Court and the offender, in their own words, how the crime has affected them. It's up to you to decide if you want to submit one.

    We are here to help you.You can include this in your Victim Impact Statement:

    • How the crime has affected your mind
    • How the crime has affected your body
    • How the crime has affected you financially
    • Fears for your safety
    • 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
    • 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

    You can't include this in your Victim Impact Statement:

    • Anything about the crime or the offender that isn't about how you were harmed
    • Anything that hasn't been proven in court
    • Anything about a crime where the offender wasn't found guilty
    • Anything about anyone who was part of the investigation or prosecution (police, court workers, lawyers)
    • You can't give your opinion about the sentence, unless asked by the court
    • Any information you don't want the offender or the public to know

    Remember:

    • The offender could be sentenced at any time
    • Get your Victim Impact Statement to the court as soon as you can
    • The Victim Impact Statement is not used to apply for restitution (to get money back from the offender)
    • The offender will be allowed to read or hear the Victim Impact Statement

  • Financial Benefits Program

  • Trial Expenses
    • You are NOT paid to attend court.
    • The clerk at the courthouse can provide you with an expense form. Your subpoena is required for this form.
    • As a witness for the Crown you are entitled to reasonable travel, mileage and meal expenses.
    • Record mileage from your home to the courthouse and keep meal receipts.

  • Restitution - Restitution is a court order that requires the offender to pay you for any out-of-pocket losses directly related to the crime. The judge is required to consider restitution. If it's not ordered, the judge must explain why.

    How do I prove that I lost money or property due to a crime?

    • Fill out the Statement on Restitution form
    • Clearly describe what has been lost or damaged
    • Include copies of receipts and other information like photographs and repair estimates or a paystub showing lost wages

    What are some things I can request Restitution for?

    • If you had to buy things to replace what you lost
    • Repair and restoration of damage
    • Costs for temporary housing, food, childcare and transportation due to moving out of the offender's household
    • Services like a counsellor or psychologist
    • Lost wages
    • Expenses to order or replace pieces of personal identification or correct your credit history
    • Expenses to remove a personal image from the Internet or other digital network

    When the court orders Restitution:

    • You will be provided with a copy of the restitution order if you ask. You are responsible for enforcing the order. You will have to file the order in the Court of Queen's Bench to get what is owed to you. The filing fee will be waived.
    • For more information, refer to the booklet Getting and Enforcing Your Civil Judgement in Alberta found here.

    If the court doesn't order Restitution, you can sue the offender in a civil court. It will be up to you to pay the court fees and/or lawyer to do this.

    Remember:

    • The offender could be sentenced at any time
    • Return your Statement on Restitution form to the police or your local Victim Services Unit as soon as possible
    • The accused and their lawyer will receive a copy of your Statement on Restitution

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