I know only too well how crime can change your life forever.
I am a crime victim. On 12 August 2007, I was Helen, wife of Garry Newlove and mum of three young daughters.
That day, I woke up a wife but went to bed a widow. Our daughters lost their dad when a gang beat him to death on our family doorstep.
The consequences were devastating, yet nothing prepared me for the way our girls were treated by the justice system. I learned the hard way that the needs of victims and witnesses are easily forgotten.
You’re not alone. I want to help.
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.