Some of you might wonder what a victim statement is. It is the chance for you to speak in front of the court during a trial in which you are considered a victim. During a trial or hearing the victim(s) get a chance to talk about how they have been impacted. You do not need to write it out, you can get in front of the court and speak. I would encourage you to write it out, as it will likely be extremely emotional for you. You have the option of, writing a letter to the judge and not speaking in court or you can do both. Another option is for you is to have someone else read your statement. You should have a victim’s advocate assigned to you by the court. The victim’s advocate is usually very knowledgeable about the process and can help you with this process as well. Under this page, I have shared two victim’s impact statements that I wrote and read. As I get permission I will post additional victim impact statement to help you as a guideline. Please do not copy these, but do use them as a guideline.