Why Victims and Survivors of child sexual abuse need a Commissioner



Victims and survivors of child sexual abuse need to be given a powerful voice in government, writes Baroness Newlove. Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) has wrecked the lives of thousands of children, and there has been a systematic and institutional failure to tackle it. Yes, it is important that we address these failures. But, just as … Continued

Inquiry launches landmark TV awareness campaign for the Truth Project



The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has launched a landmark TV public awareness campaign to ensure victims and survivors of child sexual abuse have the opportunity to be heard at the Truth Project.   The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has launched a landmark television public awareness campaign to ensure victims and survivors … Continued

Claiming Criminal Injuries Compensation retriggers trauma



  Victims’ Commissioner calls for wholesale reform of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme so that victims who apply are not frustrated or alienated by the process. In her new review, Baroness Newlove, Victims’ Commissioner (VC) for England & Wales notes that many victims claiming criminal injuries compensation find the process so stressful that it can … Continued

Police Oracle article: Rights of victims must be given greater focus



The below article has been reproduced from the Police Oracle publication. Rights of victims must be given greater focus, says campaigner-turned-commissioner Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales will continue to champion new law even after she leaves her post, she tells Police Oracle. Date: 17th November 2018 By: Ian Weinfass Human rights should be clear and … Continued

VC News issue 3 is out today



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

VC finds little progress made in the offer of Victim Personal Statements



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

New Victims Strategy pledges to deliver reform of victim rights



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