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Male survivors are an “afterthought” in Home Office policy document

The Victims' Commissioner criticises the Home Office document on male victims as "devoid of ambition" and "disappointing in the extreme".

“Enormous” court backlog takes “tremendous tolls” on victims

The Victims' Commissioner reacts to the latest criminal court statistics, which show "enormous" court backlogs are leaving victims waiting on average 436 days for their case to come to court.

Dame Vera Baird to apply for second term as Victims’ Commissioner

Dame Vera Baird has announced her "firm intention" to stand for a second term as Victims' Commissioner, as the government launches an open recruitment process.

Home Secretary to make tackling violence against women and girls a national policing priority

Dame Vera Baird warmly welcomes move by the Home Secretary, which she brands "game-changing".

Rape offences recorded by police increase to new annual high

Dame Vera Baird said most worrying was Home Office data showing 30 per cent of victims withdrew reports of rape within three months, suggesting their experience had been so bad and traumatic that they could not go through with the prosecution.