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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

More about our commitment to victims’ rights.

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Help for victims


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20 January 2020

NHS London and MOPAC respond to funding request for The Lighthouse

NHS London and the Mayor's Office for Police and Crime (MOPAC) have responded positively to a letter from the Children's Commissioner and the Victims' Commissioner requesting further funding for The Lighthouse, a pioneering centre for child victims of sexual abuse.
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16 January 2020

Victims’ Commissioner Backs Decision to Allow Cameras to Broadcast from the Crown Court for First Time

...but there is still much more to be done to make the criminal justice system open and transparent
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15 January 2020

Joint letter from Children’s Commissioner and Victims’ Commissioner to support child victims

The Victims' Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird, has written a joint letter with the Children's Commissioner, Anne Longfield OBE calling on the Home Office, NHS England and the London Mayor's office to confirm funding for The Lighthouse.
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17 December 2019

Victims’ Commissioner writes to Secretary of State for Justice about the government’s Victims’ Law

Today, I have written to the Secretary of State for Justice, welcoming him back and setting out my thoughts on what might be included in the government’s Victims’ Law.