Issue 3 of VC News is out today packed with the issues that Baroness Newlove champions on behalf of crime victims. This month we report on the Victims Strategy which sets out the direction for victim services and support in the years ahead. Ben’s Legacy makes the case for why education is key in fighting … Continued
For the fifth year running, victims of crime continue to be deprived of the opportunity to make a victim personal statement. Only one in six victims (16 per cent) said they were offered the chance by police to make a statement for the year ending March 2018. This is despite a Victim Personal Statement (VPS) … Continued
BARONESS NEWLOVE has welcomed the Ministry of Justice’s first ever cross-government Victims Strategy. It promises to deliver seismic change to improve support for crime victims. The Commissioner backs proposals that make clear the specific support that victims can expect, starting immediately after a crime, and ending long after any court case at every step of … Continued
Baroness Newlove, the Victims’ Commissioner, has written to the Commission on Justice in Wales following their consultation on the review of the operation of the justice system in Wales. You can download and view the Victims’ Commissioner’s response here.
Today the Victims’ Commissioner publishes her report looking at the entitlements and experiences of victims of Mentally Disordered Offenders. These victims have been subjected to some of the most horrific violent crimes and yet they do not have the same entitlements under the Victims Code as other victims. Neither do they receive the same level … Continued
Today the Victims’ Commissioner publishes her 2017/18 Annual Report. The Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Newlove has published her 2017/18 Annual Report, in which she welcomes the fact that treatment of victims has moved to the heart of political debate in Britain, and that the public want more to be done to support victims. She said: “2017/18 … Continued
Baroness Newlove, the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, has written to the Secretary of State for Justice following the Government’s consultation on proposals for the reconsideration of Parole Board decisions. You can download and view the Victims’ Commissioner’s response here.
This week the Victims’ Commissioner launched a new review into criminal injuries compensation. The review will look at victims’ whole experiences of claiming criminal injuries compensation, including their experience of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, and their wider experience of seeking and receiving advice and support in making their applications. The review will aim to … Continued
On Monday 25 June, the Victims’ Commissioner wrote to the Home Secretary and the Justice Secretary calling for an independent review of financial support for victims of terror attacks. Read the Victims’ Commissioner’s letter here (PDF, 430KB).
Issue 2 of the Victims’ Commissioner is out today packed with news, insight on parole reform and an interview with domestic abuse charity CEO, Michelle Blunsom. In On the Frontline, the CEO of East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services speaks frankly about the challenges of tackling coercive behaviour. She says: “Women who experience abuse have had … Continued