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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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19 August 2020

Victims’ Commissioner writes to the Home Secretary calling for action on anti-social behaviour during lockdown

Together with Baroness Newlove (Victims’ Commissioner 2013-19) and the charities ASB Help and Resolve UK, I have written to the…
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18 August 2020

Victims’ Commissioner and Domestic Abuse Commissioner express concerns about the drop in domestic abuse prosecutions

Dame Vera and Nicole Jacobs have sent a letter sent to the Attorney General, the Home Secretary and the Justice Secretary expressing concerns
12 August 2020

Victims Commissioner welcomes Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s review examining protections for child trafficking victims

Dame Vera praises the research conducted by Dame Sara and the children’s rights organisation Every Child Protected Against Trafficking
10 August 2020

BLOG: Believe me, trusting those who allege abuse is vitally important

As new guidance for police officers investigating allegations of non-recent sexual abuse is published, Dame Vera explains why she thinks belief is the right policy