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Dame Vera Baird

I am honoured to be the 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 March 2021

Victims’ Commissioner welcomes Government’s new clauses to the Domestic Abuse Bill and urges them to go further

The Victims' Commissioner congratulates the Government on listening to domestic abuse campaigners in adding new laws to Domestic Abuse Bill, and urges further steps.
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26 February 2021

Victims’ Commissioner responds to Law Commission proposals around intimate image based abuse

Dame Vera Baird says it is “imperative” intimate image abuse is made a criminal offence and welcomes Law Commission proposals.
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24 February 2021

Use new Victims Law to transform victims’ rights and reposition victims as participants – not bystanders – in our justice system, says Victims’ Commissioner

Victims’ Commissioner publishes new paper setting out her ambitions for long-awaited Victims’ Law and calls for criminal justice agencies to be more accountable and for victims to be accorded “participants’ rights".
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11 February 2021

Baroness Williams responds to Victims’ Commissioner on the recording of hate crime

The Home Office Minister has responded to the Victims’ Commissioner’s letter regarding police recording of hate crimes.