Multi-Site Survey of Victims of Crime and Criminal Justice Professionals across Canada: Summary of Police Respondents

TABLE 9: OBSTACLES OR PROBLEMS WITH VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENTS
BASE: RESPONDENTS WHO BELIEVE THERE ARE OBSTACLES OR PROBLEMS WITH VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENTS.
Police (n=128)
Lack of awareness or information 2%
Defence counsel objections or cross-examination 21%
Literacy or language barriers 16%
Victim disinterest or fear or reluctance on part of victim 13%
Time constraints 21%
Perception that is not considered 12%
Crown Attorney or judicial reluctance 8%
Lack of awareness by criminal justice professionals 4%
Other 6%
No response 9%