VSU Helps Profile 10: Victim Impact Statements, Financial Benefits, Restitution & Victims of Crime Protocol
What can VSU Advocates do with Victim Impact Statements, Financial Benefits, Restitution & Victims of Crime Protocol files?
Advocates are trained in providing the appropriate forms and services as required by the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General and the RCMP.
Victim Impact Statements and Community Impact Statements: These statements are used to describe how the crime has affected you emotionally and physically and the effect it has had on your life. This document is read by the Judge prior to sentencing.
Financial Benefits Injury Benefits: Application are available to eligible victims who have suffered an injury (physical or psychological) as a result of a crime. There does not need to be charges laid to apply for these benefits.
Financial Benefits Death Benefits: Applications are available to eligible individuals who have had a loved one die as a result of a crime. There does not need to be charges laid to apply for these benefits.
Requests for Restitution: If you have suffered financial loss as a result of a crime, you may have the right to seek restitution from the offender. Restitution can include the deductible on an insurance claim. This document is submitted to the Crown for submission during court proceedings.
Referrals to Hinton agencies, Victims of Crime Protocol books and reference materials may all be obtained from the Victim Services Office located in the Hinton RCMP Detachment.