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We need a separate strategy for tackling physical and sexual violence against men and boys

The Home Office needs to offer a separate strategy for developing the rights and support services for men and boys who are victims of interpersonal violence of a physical or sexual nature.

Victims’ Commissioner urges new Justice Secretary to push on with Victims Bill consultation

"It is the right time to listen to victims and meet their needs to enable the criminal justice system to recover, thrive and improve," says Dame Vera as she welcomes Dominic Raab into post.

New cross-system approach needed to end epidemic of violence against women and girls

Dame Vera Baird endorses HMICFRS call for urgent and fundamental cross-system change to tackle an epidemic of violence against women and girls.

New survey reveals low victim confidence, as Victims’ Commissioner warns victims remain an “afterthought”

Victims are losing faith in the criminal justice system according to a new survey of victims, which suggests less than half of victims would report to the police again based on their experience of the justice system.

BLOG | National Road Victim Month: The value of specialist support must not be underestimated

National Road Victim Month is held annually in August to remember people that have been killed or injured on our roads. To mark the month, Dame Vera Baird blogs on the specialist support needs of road crash victims.

Report urges police forces to stay alert to ‘Covid blaming’ as an excuse or defence by suspects

Responding to the report's findings, the Victims' Commissioner said: "we must not set a precedent whereby defendants are able to use the stresses of lockdown as a justification or defence for killing," as she warned agencies to be "hyper-alert to any form of 'Covid blaming.'"

Lack of bail conditions put domestic abuse victims at risk, finds new HMICFRS report

"To create a system that provides real protection for victims, there needs to be better effective enforcement of breaches of bail," says Victims Commissioner as she calls for breaches of pre-charge bail to be made a criminal offence.

BLOG: Fraud is now an epidemic within a pandemic – the upcoming fraud strategy needs to be bold and ambitious

Fraud has become the volume crime of our times — an epidemic within a pandemic. Yet you wouldn’t know it, to judge from the criminal justice system’s response.

BLOG: Stalking During Covid-19

Marking 35 years since the disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh, the Victims' Commissioner looks at the statistics around stalking during the pandemic.

CPS data shows how far government has to go to meet promises to rape victims

Victims’ Commissioner criticises the CPS as she says "it is hard to see even the green shoots of a recovery" in rape prosecutions.

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