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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. 

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 May 2021

Record number of people – including 43 per cent of rape victims – pulling out of cases.

"It’s clear that this trajectory is no good for anyone and this cannot carry on – we must get to the bottom of this," says Commissioner.
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14 May 2021

Victims’ Commissioner announces new CEO

Katie Kempen will take up post as Chief Executive Officer at the Office of the Victims’ Commissioner from June 2021
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29 April 2021

BLOG: The new domestic abuse law is a much-improved piece of legislation that will save lives. But we can – and must – go further.

As the Domestic Abuse Bill finally receives Royal Assent, the Victims' Commissioner congratulates campaigners and the government in her latest blog.
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27 April 2021

Victims’ Commissioner calls for “major course adjustment” from CPS, as new figures reveal rape prosecutions remain flat

“Far too few rape cases are resulting in a charge and hundreds of complainants annually are being denied justice," says Dame Vera Baird.