Victim Impact Statements allow a victim or survivor of a victim of crime to tell the court how the crime has negatively affected their life, whether physically, emotionally or financially. The right to provide a Victim Impact Statement is exercised after the offender has been found guilty of the crime, but before sentencing. Victims and survivors of victims may choose to exercise this right either through an oral or written presentation of their statement to the court. The purpose of a Victim Impact Statement is to allow the court to take this information into consideration before a particular punishment is ordered for the offender. Also, victims can elect to present a Victim Impact Statement to the State of California Board of Parole Hearings before a decision is made regarding the suitability of the offender to be released from prison on parole.
To learn more about Victim Impact Statements, you may consult this guide for information regarding this important right:
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Tips for Using Technology: It is not possible to delete all the “footprints” of your computer or online activities. If you are being monitored, it may be unsafe to change your computer behaviors, like suddenly deleting your Internet history if that is not your regular habit.
If you think you may be monitored on your home computer, be careful how you use your computer since an abuser might become suspicious. You may want to keep using the monitored computer for activities, like looking up the weather or reading the news. Use a safer computer, such as a public computer at your local library, to research escape plans, look for new jobs or apartments, bus tickets, or ask for help.
Email and Instant/Text Messaging are not safe or confidential ways to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life. If possible, please call a hotline instead. If you use email or IM, please use a safer computer and an account your abuser does not know about.