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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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21 August 2019

VC publishes her strategic plan for 2019 to 2022

Today I have published my strategic plan for my first term. I am committed to ensuring victims are supported in coping and…
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19 August 2019

VC asks for review of decision to withdraw funding of Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health

The VC has written to the Secretary of State for Health asking that he review the decision to withdraw funding…
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15 August 2019

The reasons why victims of rape and sexual violence withdraw from the criminal process without seeking justice

Using data provided by Essex Rape and Sexual Abuse Partnership, we have prepared analysis about the reasons that victims withdrew…
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12 August 2019

VC’s statement on the Prime Minister’s CJS round table

Today the VC attended the Prime Minister’s round table on the role of the criminal justice system in deterring and…