Who can provide a Victim Impact Statement?
Texas law allows victims of sexual assault, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, trafficking of persons, injury to a child, elderly individual or disabled individual, or victims who have suffered personal injury as a result of the criminal conduct of another to submit a Victim Impact Statement. Close relatives of deceased victims and guardians of victims also can exercise this right.

After the defendant has been indicted, the Victim Assistance Coordinator (VAC) in the prosecutor’s office has the responsibility to provide a Victim Impact Statement form to victims and survivors. After you complete the Victim Impact Statement, return it to the Victim Assistance Coordinator. He or she will send it to criminal justice professionals for consideration in making decisions about the defendant. Note: The Victim Impact Statement is not a legal document; it is not an affidavit and does not need to be notarized.

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