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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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18 September 2019

Victims’ Commissioner’s response to MoJ announcement of increased funding to support victims of rape and sexual assault

The Ministry of Justice has today announced a £5 million increase in funding to support victims of rape and sexual…
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12 September 2019

VC’s response to the CPS Violence Against Women and Girls report 2018-19

In her response to the CPS Violence Against Women and Girls report 2018-19, published today, the Victims’ Commissioner finds that…
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12 September 2019

Response from the Speakers’ Office on Westminster Bridge attack victims’ memorial

I am very pleased that the Speakers’ Office have responded to my letter supporting calls from victims of the terrorist…
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11 September 2019

Lord Chancellor replies to Victims’ Commissioner’s call to look again at double jeopardy rule

I am extremely pleased that the Lord Chancellor is taking our proposals to modernise the double jeopardy rule very seriously…