Assessment of the victim impact statement program in British Columbia
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Published by Dept. of Justice, Canada, Research and Development Directorate ; Corporate Policy and Programs Sector in [Ottawa] .
Written in English


  • Victims of crimes -- British Columbia,
  • Victims of crimes -- Services for -- British Columbia

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Edition Notes

StatementTim Roberts.
ContributionsCanada. Dept. of Justice. Policy, Programs and Research Branch. Research and Development Directorate., Canada. Dept. of Justice. Corporate Policy and Programs Sector
LC ClassificationsHV6250.3.C32 B7 1992
The Physical Object
Paginationxv, 119 p.
Number of Pages119
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL15190327M

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Your Victim Impact Statement A victim service worker, friend or family member can assist in preparing your Victim Impact Statement (VIS). A service called VictimLink provides victims with help and information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at: BC Toll Free 1 (TTY: ). Victim Impact Statements: A Role in the Justice System for Women Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Assault April 6, 04/6/ 1 Tamar Witelson, Legal Director, METRAC Sarah Marshall, Victim/Witness Assistance Program Funded by. The Victim Impact Statement Program • August • Page A-2 After broad consultation, the Federal Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights identified important needs for victims. As a result, in their report entitled “Victims Rights, A Voice, Not a Veto," a number of recommended amendments. Victim Impact Statements are not presented during the first part of a trial. The focus of the first part of a trial is to determine the facts of the case in an effort to determine guilt or innocence. The Victim Impact Statement is presented after a defendant.

In , the Department of Justice Canada commissioned another study involving an assessment of victim impact statements in British Columbia. The author found that statements were only completed in 2–6% of cases and then only filed in 1–2% of cases proceeding through the system. 97% of judges in Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia and 84% in Ontario report that victims are seldom cross-examined on the contents of their victim impact statements. If the victim is present at sentencing judges will often (28% of respondents) or sometimes (35% of respondents) address him or her directly ( study only). The paper then identifies related notions that pre-date PIAs and on which the formulation of PIA processes could be based. Applications of 'impact assessment' thinking to privacy issues are identified which pre-date uses of the term PIA. The emergence of the related terms privacy impact 'statement' and 'assessment' are documented. Victim Impact Statements at Sentencing: Judicial Experiences and Perceptions A Survey of Three Jurisdictions vi│Research and Statistics Division / Department of Justice Canada It is sometimes challenging for a judge to know whether a victim impact statement has been submitted. Respondents were asked about this particular issue.

A study of the victim surcharge in British Columbia showed that the surcharge was applied in only 10% of eligible cases (Roberts, ). The lack of compliance appeared to be due to philosophical objection and resistance from the judiciary and, as in Ontario, the failure to establish a designated victims’ fund into which to apply the. Victim impact statements are one of many factors the judge must balance in order to arrive at an appropriate outcome. The offender can ask to see a victim impact statement. This is because it is one of the matters considered by the judge and can affect the sentence they receive. VictimLinkBC is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across B.C. and the Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at A Guide for Writing Victim Impact Statements For Life-Sentenced Adult Inmate Parole Consideration Hearings Right to Attend and Testify. After the offender is committed to an institution within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), you have the right, as a victim of crime, to attend the offender’s parole hearings.