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

VC launches review into criminal injuries compensation

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

Issue 2 of VC News out now

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