VC speech at Victims’ and Witnesses Conference

Thank you for inviting me back to what now appears to be an annual event. It only seems like yesterday when we last gathered here to discuss the treatment of victims across the criminal justice system. So much has happened since then. Over the past six months victim entitlements and their treatment by the criminal … Continued

Meeting with the Interim CEO for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (Linda Brown): 23 April 2018

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is an executive agency sponsored by the Ministry of Justice. CICA deals with compensation claims from people who have been physically or mentally injured because they were the victim of a violent crime in England, Scotland or Wales. Meeting date: 23 April 2018 Matters discussed: Introductions The Victims’ Commissioner … Continued

A woman’s place is in the House (of Lords)

By Baroness Helen Newlove Happy International Women’s Day! 2018 celebrates 100 years since the first women won the vote, and along the way, there have been many milestones. For the first time ever, the UK has both a female Prime Minister and a female Home Secretary, with three women heading up our emergency services – … Continued

Parole process review – your chance to be heard

The Government has announced a review, looking at: How victims are engaged and involved in the parole process Whether the arrangements for keeping victims informed at all key stages of the parole process are working The opennness of the parole process and parole decisions Whether there should be the opportunity for Parole Board decisions to … Continued

A Voice for the Voiceless

Today the Victims’ Commissioner published her review into the provision of Registered Intermediaries for children and vulnerable victims and witnesses. Registered Intermediaries (RIs) are specialists in communication, provided to children and vulnerable victims to enable them to have a voice in the criminal justice system. This review considers the operation of the Witness Intermediary Scheme … Continued

Victims’ Commissioner Launches First Newsletter

Today, the Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Newlove welcomes the first edition of her revamped digital newsletter VC News which promotes the issues she champions on behalf of victims. VC News is aimed at victims, practitioners and agencies that support victims and witnesses. It will cover the priority issues that concern the Commissioner as well as shine a light on good … Continued

Victims’ Commissioner calls for new Victims’ Law

The Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, Baroness Newlove, is calling for a ‘Victims’ Law’ that guarantees victims legal ‘rights’ within the criminal justice system, stating that there must be a “seismic change” in the culture of the justice system. In her speech, Lady Newlove will say: “I am calling for a ‘Victim Law’ to … Continued