Victim impact assessments are conducted with those who have been victimised through crime, accident, or unfair treatment by others (including employers, professional bodies, government agencies etc.).
A victim impact assessment evaluates the level of personal harm that a person has suffered as a result of the event in question. This is generally defined as the emotional, physical, and financial impact of the experience on the individual.
Victim impact assessments aim to explore the effect of the negative experience on all domains of the person’s life, including emotional, social, professional, and family life. Psychodiagnostic aspects are also included in the assessments.
Assessments are conducted via clinical interviews, psychometric assessment, review of relevant documentation (ie medical reports, evidence of loss of income, Garda statements etc.), collateral interviews etc.