Improving Our Criminal Justice System; Supporting Victims & Giving them a Voice

The APCC works with PCCs to support their critical role in the criminal justice system. This includes responsibility for commissioning services for victims of crime and ensuring that their needs are met. Additionally, PCCs are responsible for ensuring the local criminal justice system (including courts, prisons and probation) are efficient and effective and play a leading role in Local Criminal Justice Boards working with a range of partners as a ‘whole system’ delivering justice and improving outcomes for victims.

Our priorities for victims and the criminal justice system are:

  • To support PCCs in their role as commissioners of local services for victims and ensure that the needs, experiences, and voice of victims are at the heart of the criminal justice system and local and national developments. We have a strong focus on challenging Violence Against Women and Girls, and working in partnership both national and locally on this critical issue. 
  • To work with partners to develop the role of PCCs in the criminal justice system, enabling then to join up local CJS services more effectively, to reduce offending and to improve outcomes for victims.


Latest News

Offenders ordered to attend sentencing hearings

Chair welcomes new powers ordering offenders to attend sentencing hearings.

Improving rape outcomes for victims

Joint Victims' Leads welcome national roll out of Operation Soteria programme.


APCC Victims' Leads welcome announcement that abusers who share intimate images without consent could face up to six months in prison.

PCCs advocate for stronger victims bill

APCC Joint Victims’ Leads are calling for landmark bill to be strengthened to ensure it delivers on behalf of all victims.

Funding boost for women's diversion services

APCC Deputy Criminal Justice Lead responds to funding boost for women who come into contact with the criminal justice service.

First VAWG Threat Assessment published

APCC Joint Victims' Leads respond to first national threat assessment of Violence Against Women and Girls.


The APCC’s work on the criminal justice system and supporting victims of crime is developed through three policy portfolios:


Leading our work to support victims’ services and to ensure that victims needs are at the heart of national debate and policy on policing and criminal justice.

Joint Lead: Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for London

Joint Lead: Donna Jones, PCC Hampshire


Criminal Justice System

Leading our work to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system, and to support PCCs to join up services locally.

Lead: David Lloyd, PCC Hertfordshire

Deputy: Emily Spurrell, PCC Merseyside

Resources and Publications

putting-victims-first-in-focus-pdf-final.pdf, 14.36Mb
pccs-making-a-difference-vawg-in-focus.pdf, 2.47Mb


Donna Jones, APCC Joint Victims Lead and PCC for Hampshire & the Isle of Wight

Donna was part of a highly topical debate on partnership work to tackle Violence against Women and Girls.

Donna Jones, APCC Joint Lead for the Victims Portfolio

An update on the APCC Victims Portfolio from Donna Jones

Sophie Linden, APCC Joint Lead for Victims Portfolio

An update on the Victims Portfolio from Sophie Linden.


Ella Thomas - Senior Policy Manager

Ella Thomas leads on Victims


Enzo Riglia - Senior Policy Officer

Enzo Riglia leads on Criminal Justice