The Victims’ Commissioner website puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer or other device to collect information about how you use the site.

These cookies:

  • measure how you use the site so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • remember messages you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again

Find out about how to manage cookies.

How we use cookies

Checking if cookies are enabled

When you first use the service, we check to see if your browser will let us save cookies on your computer. If it will, we store this information in a cookie.

Name – cookies_enabled

Purpose – lets us know that your browser has cookies enabled

Expires – 1 month

Controlling the cookie message

When you first visit the site we show a ‘cookie message’. We then store a cookie on your device so it knows not to show this message again.

Name – seen_cookie_message

Purpose – saves a message to let us know that you’ve seen our cookie

Expires – 1 month

Measuring site usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use this site. We do this to help make sure we’re meeting the needs of users and to help us make improvements.

NamePurposeExpires
__gaThis helps us count how many people visit the site by tracking if you’ve visited before2 years
__gidThis helps us count how many people visit the site by tracking if you’ve visited before24 hrs


Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit in the service
  • how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re using the site

We don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.

This website has a separate privacy policy.