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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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27 February 2020

VC Responds to HMICFRS Report on Police Approach to Child Protection

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has today published a report calling for 'radical new approaches' in how the police and their partner agencies work together to protect children.
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25 February 2020

VC sets out vision for her role in latest issue of Probation Quarterly

Dame Vera Baird QC writes about her role, the challenges faced by victims of crime and the potential for change in the latest issue of Probation Quarterly
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25 February 2020

VC responds to report from Barnardo’s on the impact of domestic abuse on children

Dame Vera Baird QC responds to, 'Not Just Collateral Damage', a report published today by Barnardo's uncovering the impacts of growing up with domestic abuse.
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24 February 2020

VC writes on how victims are let down by the justice system

The piece below, by Dame Vera Baird, appeared in The Daily Express on Friday 21st February