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Dame Vera Baird

I am honoured to be the new Victims’ Commissioner to champion the interests of victims of crime and witnesses.

I am a long-term champion for victims rights. 


For the past four years I have been  the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners’ national lead for  supporting victims. As Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, where I commissioned victims’ services, I launched a local Victim’s Advisory Group and I’m proud to say that with their help, our service has a 98%  satisfaction rate. 

My first-hand experience of our criminal justice system, as a QC and as a Government Minister, in the MoJ and as a Solicitor General ensures that I can speak directly to partners who matter in a voice that will be heard 

I have already asked for and got  membership of the Criminal Justice Board, where Ministers and heads of criminal justice agencies take key decisions and where they MUST hear from victims.

But I am especially proud to work with victims.

I want to hear first-hand of your experiences, about reality on the ground.

Our justice system only works when it delivers justice to both victim and offender. 

And justice for victims needs their voice to be heard. 

I am the Victims’ Commissioner who is on your side. 

Read more about Dame Vera Baird

The Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales:

  • listens to victims and witnesses
  • promotes good practice across criminal justice services
  • reviews the Victims Code and campaigns for change

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News

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1 April 2020

COVID-19 update

Information from the Victims' Commissioner regarding Coronavirus
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25 March 2020

Victims becoming less satisfied with the way the criminal justice system handles their case

The Victims' Commissioner publishes analysis of victimisation data in the Crime Survey for England and Wales
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20 March 2020

VC welcomes decision to include victim support workers as key workers

The Victims’ Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, says: I welcome the government decision to include victim support workers as “key workers”.…
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19 March 2020

Victims’ Commissioner writes to Prime Minster to highlight importance of supporting victims during the pandemic

The Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales, Dame Vera Baird QC, has today written to the Prime Minister highlighting the importance of ensuring that victims continue to receive proper support throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.