APCC Victims Leads, Sophie Linden, London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime & Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner said:
“Police and Crime Commissioners play a unique role in respect of victims within the criminal justice system. We are not only responsible for commissioning the majority of local support services for victims of crime, but also, given our senior local leadership role within the CJS, we are well placed to ensure that the system locally is doing more to meet the needs of victims.
“We welcome the consultation on the new Victims Code of Practice and the commitment to further strengthen rights for victims through a Victims Law and look forward to working with Government on this. Victims voices must be heard through this consultation.
“As well as strengthening the rights of victims through a revised Code and a Victim’s law, ensuring good quality support for victims of crime, is crucial, and the commitments made in today’s consultation must be backed up by the resources to provide this support.”