An evaluation of the Manitoba Victim Impact Statement Program

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2006
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Haldenby, Leigh
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While victim impact statement programs are not new, little has been done in terms of evaluating these programs, The Manitoba Victim Impact Statement Program is no exception. The aim of this exploratory study was to examine the characteristics of victim who complete a victim impact statement. Using both a database of victim information compiled by Manitoba Justice prosecutions division as well as a telephone survey with victims, this study shows that sex, age, area of the province and domestic violence status all influence a victim's decision to complete a victim impact statement. The study aiso identifies areas for future research and points to areas where the criminal justice system needs to target its approach and change its approach to ensure victims are able to get the best possible benefits from The Manitoba Victim Impact Statement Program.
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