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Victims’ Commissioner launches new survey of victims of online harms

Victims' Commissioner launches survey aimed at capturing the lived experience of victims of online harmful and abusive behaviours in England and Wales.

The Nationality and Borders Bill fails to grasp what being a victim of slavery means

Setting a time limit for modern slavery claims fails to take into account the trauma suffered by those subjected to abuse.

Have your say: the Victims’ Law consultation

Running until 3 February 2022, the Ministry of Justice consultation is now open to the public and seeks to understand how victims can be better supported through and beyond the criminal justice process across England and Wales.

Policing needs a ‘180-degree culture change’ to lead the fight against VAWG | Speech to APCC & NPCC Joint Partnership Summit 2021

To mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, we publish the full transcript of the Victims' Commissioner's speech to police earlier this year, where Dame Vera Baird urged policing to lead the way on much-needed cultural change.

BLOG: Without basic access to justice, the integrity of the military is at risk

It’s time to give victims of rape and sexual assault in the armed forces access to independent, civilian support and justice.

BLOG: It’s time to wake up and listen to the victims of adult grooming and sexual exploitation

The Victims' Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird, shares her reflections on the need for government to recognise and address sexual exploitation of adult women.

New privacy safeguards: rape victims’ mobile phone data to be protected from unjustified intrusion

The Government agrees to amend Police, Crime, Sentencing & Courts Bill to protect victim privacy, whilst ensuring fair trial rights.

Rape victims are waiting more than a year for cases to go to trial, making prosecution targets a ‘pipe-dream’

New quarterly Crown Prosecution Service data shows that in the last 12 months just 41 extra suspects were charged compared with the year before.

BLOG: Bold and ambitious action on fraud will help victims

The Victims' Commissioner writes about her research on fraud and the impact it has victims, while also calling for the government to be bold and ambitious in its upcoming fraud strategy.

Fraud surged by 24% under Covid. Now a new study reveals around 700,000 victims a year are likely to be highly vulnerable to fraudulent crime and seriously harmed by it

New Victims' Commissioner report maps out victims of fraud and suggests who criminal justice agencies and support services should prioritise. The findings come as the government is set to enhance Action Fraud with new systems and is set to publish its new fraud strategy.

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