Victim Services Division
Victim Impact Statement
The Texas Crime Victim Clearinghouse (TxCVC), in accordance with the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure article 56.03, creates the Victim Impact Statement form to be used by law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and other participants in the criminal justice system to record the impact of an offense on the victim and to provide contact information for the victim if needed at any state of a prosecution of a person charged with the offense.
The TxCVC creates the form with the assistance of the TDCJ Community Justice Assistance division and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. The TxCVC also develops a victims' information booklet providing a general explanation of the criminal justice system to victims of an offense, guardians of victims, and relatives of deceased victims. Recommended processing procedures for counties to consider in processing Victim Impact Statements are also available.
“It’s Your Voice” - Victim Impact Statement Brochure
- It's Your Voice (PDF) - A brochure that explains the importance of the Victim Impact Statement and how it is used during court proceedings and the parole review process.
VIS Recommended Procedures
- VIS Recommended Procedures (PDF) - Recommendations to ensure that completed Victim Impact Statements are submitted to the TDCJ.
Victim Impact Statement - The VIS form collects victims' notification preferences and information about the emotional/psychological, physical, and financial impact an offense has had on the victim. The district or county attorney's office is required to provide the VIS form to victims.
- Victim Impact Statement Packet
- Additional Page - Continued space to record the impact a crime has had on a victim or a victim's family. This page may be included with the VIS form.
Victim Impact Statement Supplemental Page - A form addressing Court Ordered Child Custody Orders. This page is to be included with the VIS form, when applicable, by Victim Assistance Coordinators or persons responsible for sending the VIS.
Victim Impact Statement - Just for Kids - Form used by Victim Witness Coordinators to obtain information about victims of crime when the witness is a juvenile.
Victim Impact Statement - For Victims of Juvenile Offenders - Provided by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department for Victims of Juvenile Offenders. This form was developed after the Victim Impact Statement form was revised based on changes by the 84th Legislature.