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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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20 October 2020

Survey finds rape victims have lost faith in the justice system

“This survey of rape survivors tells us that not only are they denied justice, but they feel actively re-victimised by…
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9 October 2020

Urgent action needed to tackle surge in Anti-Social Behaviour following lockdown

Victims’ Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, today spoke out on behalf of anti-social behaviour victims following mounting evidence of a surge in anti-social behaviour complaints.
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8 October 2020

Compensation Scheme: Victims’ Commissioner’s proposal for reform

I have made detailed submissions in response to the MoJ consultation on its Criminal Injuries Compensation Review, which was published on 16 July.
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7 October 2020

Victims’ Commissioner discusses the impact of crime on children

Crime affects children disproportionately – they are often the witness to domestic violence in the home and can all too…