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Grief Diaries: Victim Impact Statements

Grief Diaries

Part of the award-winning Grief Diaries series, Victim Impact Statements offers a collection of true stories and 25 actual statements read in criminal court. 

The victim impact statement is an indispensable tool that helps hold the offender accountable for the consequences of a crime. It gives the judge the rest of the story, the part that doesn’t appear in police reports or courtroom evidence, and connects pieces of information to emotions in a way people can relate to. 

In Grief Diaries: Victim Impact Statements, award-winning advocate Carl Harms offers valuable tips on how to write such a testimonial followed by a collection of true stories and 25 real statements that serve as examples for families and loved ones searching for justice.

"Grief Diaries: Victim Impact Statements is a great resource for crime victims, a reference that can be offered in all prosecuting agencies and crime victim serving organizations to assist those tasked with the final phase of the justice system. If you are a crime victim and you're preparing a Victim Impact Statement to be presented to the courts for the original sentencing this book is for you! This book is a collection of true-life tragic stories and final statements presented to the courts to ensure the voice of those affected has a presence in our judicial system.

One of your most important rights as a victim or family member of a crime victim is the opportunity to tell the court how you and your loved ones have been affected by the crime. Your completed Victim Impact Statement ensures that your voice is heard as part of the judicial process.

It is important for the court to understand the impact of the offense on you and your loved ones--emotionally, physically, and financially. Your statement will also give the court valuable information that can be used to hold the offender accountable, and to promote safety for you and your community.

Keep the focus on your life and the impact that the crime has had on you. Don't let those that have ripped your world apart take away the good in your life and have any further control over you."
Carl Harms ~ Grief Dairies: Victim Impact Statements

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