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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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9 April 2020

Victims’ Commissioner joins urgent call for Domestic Abuse action

Joint letter submitted to Government urging action during COVID-19 crisis
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9 April 2020

Victims’ Commissioner welcomes measures to support victims as prisoner early release programme begins

Concerns had been raised about the impact releasing offenders would have on victims
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7 April 2020

Commissioner urges victims of crime to share their experiences via new survey

The responses will feed into the Government's consultation on the Victims’ Code of Practice
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6 April 2020

BLOG: Domestic Abuse – an epidemic within the pandemic

As the COVID-19 lockdown continues, Dame Vera Baird QC, Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales calls on the Government to support the charity sector to ensure victims have the help and support they need.