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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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14 July 2020

Government must seize ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to transform victims’ experience of justice

Dame Vera Baird QC issues warning to Government as she publishes her first annual report since taking over as Victims’ Commissioner
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8 July 2020

“I don’t believe this guidance will offer victims of ASB much comfort”

Victims' Commissioner responds to new Home Office guidance on tackling Anti-Social Behaviour
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3 July 2020

BLOG: Why it is vital the courts must accelerate child sexual abuse cases

As the backlog of cases awaiting trial grows, Victims' Commissioner Dame Vera discusses why it is vital steps are taken to ensure children can give evidence as soon as possible to allow them to move on with their lives
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2 July 2020

Victims’ Commissioner responds to HMICFRS ‘State of Policing Report’

Dame Vera says that increased co-operation between police forces as recommended by Sir Tom Winsor could have 'immense advantages' for victims