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

Police need to believe victims when investigating a crime

Victims’ Commissioner said: “Referring to a victim of crime as a ‘complainant’ would be a great step backwards in the treatment of victims and survivors.” The Victims’ Commissioner has today spoken out against Sir Richard Henriques’ report and the portrayal of victims of crime as ‘complainants’. Delivering a speech at South Yorkshire Police and Crime … Continued

Victims’ Commissioner speaks at the CPS Advocacy conference

Victims’ Commissioner, Baroness Newlove, attended the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) Advocacy Conference in London today. Speaking to a room full of CPS Advocates who work in Magistrates’ and Youth Courts and Crown Court, Baroness Newlove took the opportunity to raise awareness to the needs of vulnerable victims and asked the audience to be mindful of … Continued

Victims’ Commissioner speaks to law students

Last month the Victims’ Commissioner, Baroness Newlove, spoke at an event for law students at the BPP Law School in Holborn, London. She spoke to student lawyers about how it was important to recognise that they will come into contact with victims during their careers and that they deserve to be treated with decency and … Continued