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

Victims’ Commissioner Finds That Measuring And Monitoring Victim Satisfaction Gives Victims A Voice And Helps The Police Deliver Better Victim Services



A review undertaken by the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, Baroness Newlove, has found that feedback collected by the police in respect of the support they provide to victims of crime is important; it is used to improve services given to victims by police forces. Baroness Newlove says: “I have always placed great importance … Continued

Review into the provision of registered intermediaries for children, vulnerable victims & witnesses



The Victims’ Commissioner is carrying out a review into the provision of registered intermediaries for children and vulnerable victims and witnesses. Registered Intermediaries are provided to children and vulnerable victims through special measures as set out in the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999. The role is designed to assist vulnerable victims and witnesses … Continued

Victims’ Commissioner speaks at Revenge Pornography conference



Wednesday 22 March marked the two-year anniversary for new revenge pornography laws. To commemorate the anniversary, Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Newlove spoke at the Public Policy Exchange event in London. Her speech is below, this is a check against delivery version.   Many victims of crime will experience offending behaviour typically associated with Revenge Pornography, and … Continued

Criminal justice agencies at risk of failing young victims of crime



Criminal justice agencies are at risk of failing children and young people who come forward to report crimes because they are not being taken seriously, Victims’ Commissioner has today warned. Publishing her review into the treatment of children and young victims of crime by criminal justice agencies, the Victims’ Commissioner, Baroness Newlove was disgusted to … Continued

Victims’ Commissioner responds to Sentencing Council consultation



The Sentencing Council recently ran a public consultation on sentencing guidelines for breaches of court orders. The Sentencing Council set out that guidelines are not currently available for breaches of all types of court order, and there is variation in the format of the guidelines which do exist and in their scope. They decided that … Continued

Victims’ Code is not delivering entitlements for victims



Less than one in five victims is offered the chance to make a Victim Personal Statement for court hearings. The Victims’ Commissioner is today calling on the government to use legislation to strengthen victims’ rights. The right to make a Victim Personal Statement (VPS) is a key entitlement in the Victims’ Code. The Code sets … Continued