All posts tagged: victim impact statement

It’s a New Day for Donna Gore

After years of interviews and hundreds of podcasts, Donna R. Gore, the internet’s “LadyJustice” is stepping into a new format for Shattered Lives.

Shattered Lives podcast has been the premier place for learning about the aftermath of crime, victims’ stories, and offers resources for forging through the criminal justice system and entering a new normal life.

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Donna Gore Launches Second Book in Grief Diaries Series

AlyBlue Media, publisher of the award-winning anthology series Grief Diaries announced the release of Victim Impact Statement. The anthology features 25 true crime stories and real impact statements read in court by loved ones searching for justice.

Donna R. Gore participated in writing Victim Impact Statement, her second book in the series following Loss by Homicide which was released in 2016. 

Donna R. Gore March Events

March is roaring like a lion for Donna Gore and upcoming events. As the author of Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss by Homicide she will be sharing her book, and her experiences, with new audiences of students, readers, and other authors. Along with attending the annual four-day National Missing Persons Conference in Wilmington, NC, she has been invited to appear before a class at Coastal Carolina University (CCU) during her stay in the Carolinas. While attending to her book signing event at Barnes & Noble in Myrtle Beach, SC, Donna had the pleasure of striking up a conversation with CCU professor, Bert Hayslip. He has arranged to have her speak to two of his classes on March 14. She will begin at the Psych of Aging class and continue at the Lifespan Development class with the purpose of educating students on tragic loss and resiliency. Donna R. Gore’s experience in crime victim advocacy began with the 1981 murder of her father. Her personal experience through the judicial system inspires her to reach out to others in …

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Victim Impact Statement Assistance with Donna R. Gore

  One of the remaining avenues for crime victims to have a voice within the courts is through victim impact statements. Victim impact statements are usually read after trial as a way to get into the record the impact of the crime on the victims along with their friends and families. Donna R. Gore , “LadyJustice,” has first hand experience with the reality of preparing a victim impact statement when her father was murdered and the killer was convicted. She writes on her site: In 1987, Ladyjustice’s victim impact statement would not have won the Pulitzer Prize for journalism….But, it was from the heart.  Looking back now, LJ could have crafted something different…if the emotions hadn’t gotten in the way.  And that is the point.  Having emotions interjected into the narrative and/or verbal presentation is a double-edged sword…  On the one hand, the judge, the attorneys, the defendant and the families need to hear the emotion to understand and to validate the tremendously negative changes in their quality of life and the realities of the situation …

Shattered Lives: Victim Impact Statement and Sentencing

One of the remaining avenues for crime victims to have a voice within the courts is through victim impact statements. Victim impact statements are usually read after trial and during the sentencing phase as a way to get into the record the impact of the crime on the victims, their friends and families. Shattered Lives Radio talks with two champions of victims’ rights, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and attorney Michelle S. Cruz, who is serving as this week’s co-host. Both women have used their skills and experience to step into the gap for victims of crime through their advocacy and legislative positions. Realizing that crime victims often are in trauma, even years after the crime, they use their understanding of the justice system to pave a smoother path. Host, Donna Gore, offers her personal knowledge of the subject as well as bringing something new to the table, a Victim Impact Assistance Service where crime victims can take advantage of her vast talent at a time when their lives are in chaos. Nancy O’Malley Using her position as the …