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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. 

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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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24 November 2020

Joint letter calls on the Prime Minister and Chancellor to commit to longer-term, sustainable funding for domestic abuse services

Ahead of the upcoming Spending Review, the Victims' Commissioner and Domestic Abuse Commissioner write a joint letter to the Prime Minister and Chancellor highlighting the "inadequacy of current funding arrangements" for domestic absuse services.
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24 November 2020

New courtroom protections for vulnerable victims available nationwide

The Victims' Commissioner welcomes the national rollout of pre-recorded cross-examination (Section 28).
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18 November 2020

Victims’ Commissioner and Domestic Abuse Commissioner welcome the announcement of additional funds to support domestic abuse and sexual violence services

The Commissioners welcome the emergency funding, "which will ensure help and support for thousands of victims for the next few months,” and urge the government to work quickly to provide clarity on longer-term funding.
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18 November 2020

Minister Chalk responds to Victims’ Commissioner and Domestic Abuse Commissioner on their joint calls for domestic abuse funding

In his letter to the Commissioners, Minister Chalk sets out the government’s response to their joint calls for a second round of extraordinary COVID-19 and longer-term funding.