This is a transcript of a video covering 'What sort of information can I give' when making a victim statement.
If you do decide to complete a victim statement you should include a description of how the crime has affected your day-to-day life.
However tempted you are, it's important that you don't include details of the crime itself or a personal opinion of the person accused of the crime or what sentence you think should be imposed. You should only describe as truthfully as possible how you feel and how your life has been affected since the crime.
If you were physically injured during or as a result of the crime, you should tell the court what the injuries were and how they have affected your normal everyday activities.
There's no need to include photographs or notes or letters from doctors – just remember to keep the information you give in the statement truthful and accurate.
You can also tell the court about any psychological and emotional effects the crime has had on you, for example do you feel fearful, depressed, unable to concentrate, or to work normally? Are you able to go out as before? Has the crime affected your relationships? These of course are only examples... you should think carefully about how the crime has actually affected you.
You can also tell the court about any financial losses you have suffered as a direct result of the crime.
This may be because of loss of earnings if you are self-employed or had to take a long time off work or you might have incurred extra costs as a result of your injuries or you've had to replace property that was stolen. Again these are only examples – you should think carefully about any financial impact the crime has had on you.
What you write in your victim statement must be truthful and accurate.
You could be questioned about the information in your statement if, for example, your statement contains information that could have an effect on the outcome of the trial. Remember, if you are filling in the form on behalf of the victim it's important that what you write reflects their views and feelings and the impact of the crime has had on their day-to-day life.
The questions on the form act as a guide – if a section or question is not relevant to your experiences just leave it blank. On the other hand if you wish to include information that's not covered by the questions there is additional space at the end of the form.