​Testaments of transformation: The Victim Impact Statement process in NSW as experienced by victims of crime and victim service professionals

Author(s) Tait, Fiona
Title Testaments of transformation: The Victim Impact Statement process in NSW as experienced by victims of crime and victim service professionals
Source Masters of Criminology by Research – JC081; School of Law, University of Sydney, 2015 p1-297
Date 2015
Document type Thesis
Coverage NSW, Australia
​URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/2123/14033
Summary In this study the author examines the therapeutic benefits of Victim Impact Statements (VIS) and provides a comprehensive picture of the VIS process in NSW, Australia, as experienced by victims of crime. Participating in the study, held between 2010 and 2011, were 66 victims of crime (55 victims were interviewed) and 35 victim service professionals. The study found that the core therapeutic value of VIS is strong, however a range of factors were identified that individually or collectively impact victims of crime access and engagement with the VIS process. These factors include the nature of the crime, relationship with the offender, gender, literacy, culture, minority status and self-worth. Recommendations are made regarding the VIS process, specifically designed resource tools and areas for future research.
Keywords Victim Impact Statements; VIS: trauma; therapeutic; sentencing; criminal justice system
Topic Victim Impact Statements