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Victim Personal Statement

If you have provided an officer with a witness statement you will be offered the opportunity to make a Victim Personal Statement (VPS). This is your way of telling people working within the criminal justice system how being a victim of crime has affected you.

Your VPS gives you a voice and helps the court understand what you have been through.

Making a VPS is voluntary. Before deciding to do this, you will be advised by the police that if the case reaches court, your VPS will be seen by the defence. You may also be asked questions about your VPS during the trial.

You will be asked if you would like to have your VPS read out or played in court if the defendant pleads guilty or is found guilty. The decision to allow you to read out your VPS personally is for the court to make and you will be notified of their decision by your Case Worker.

If you choose not to have your VPS read out it will still be taken into consideration by the court. If your VPS is discussed in court the details could be reported in the media.

Your VPS can include information such as:

  • Any physical, financial, emotional or psychological injury you have suffered
  • If you feel vulnerable or intimidated
  • If you no longer feel safe
  • The impact the crime has had on your family
  • How your quality of life has changed on a day-to-day basis
  • If you need or are receiving any additional support.

A VPS can be made, or updated, any time before the alleged offender is sentenced. If a defendant pleads guilty at first hearing they may be sentenced before you have had chance to make your VPS so do not delay if you wish to make one.

If you want to make a VPS or update one already made, contact the police officer dealing with your case or your Case Worker.