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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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5 November 2019

Victims’ Commissioner writes to Home Secretary about amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill

The Victims' Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, has today written to the Home Secretary to set out her support for a number of proposed amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill.
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5 November 2019

Victims’ Commissioner raises issue of domestic abuse in the Police with Home Secretary

The Victims' Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, has today written to the Home Secretary to call for changes in the way that police forces investigate cases of domestic abuse where the alleged perpetrator is a police employee.
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31 October 2019

VC writes to the Home Secretary about support for families following Essex migrant deaths

The Victims' Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird, has written to the Home Secretary seeking assurances that there were arrangements in place to provide support and information to the families of those who died in the “Essex Lorry” tragedy
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23 October 2019

VC report finds bereaved families are struggling for justice

The Victims' Commissioner publishes a report on the entitlements and experiences of bereaved families following homicide abroad