Victim Personal Statement Law and Legal Definition

Victim personal statement means a written statement given by a victim of a crime, or a member of their family, accounting for the impact of the crime on their life. Such statements are taken into consideration by the court while granting bail and determining sentencing. In a child abuse case there is nothing more probative than the victim's personal statements. A victim personal statement gives the victim a chance to tell the court about support needed and how the crime has affected the victim physically, emotionally or financially. It adds to the information that the victim had already given to the police about the crime.