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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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17 July 2019

Tackling Revenge Porn – Victims’ Commissioner Speaks Out

Shattering Lives and Myths: A Report on Image-Based Sexual Abuse by Professor Clare McGlynn, Professor Erika Rackley and Assistant Professor Kelly Johnson
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16 July 2019

VC Welcomes “Landmark” Domestic Abuse Bill Launched on 16 July 2019

Press release to Domestic Abuse Bill launched by Government
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12 July 2019

Victim Personal Statements and Defendants’ Right to Censor

Statement from the Victims' Commissioner about Victim Personal Statements
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9 July 2019

Meet the Police Officer Fighting the Fraudsters

Meet the Sussex PC whose drive, Operation Signature, helps prevent thousands of fraud victims from being conned out of millions of pounds