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

VC launches report on victims of Mentally Disordered Offenders

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

VC’s Annual Report 2017/18

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