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.



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

Modern Slavery

The APCC has formed links with the Modern Slavery Network to protect vulnerable people from exploitation and harm.

Joint Lead: Jeff Cuthbert, PCC Gwent

Joint Lead: Rupert Matthews, PCC Leicestershire


Ella Thomas - Senior Policy Manager

Ella Thomas leads on Victims


Enzo Riglia - Senior Policy Officer

Enzo Riglia leads on Criminal Justice 


Libby Avery - Policy Officer

Libby Avery leads on Modern Slavery 


Latest News

Leads respond to stalking super complaint

Response to the Suzy Lamplugh Trust super complaint on the police response to stalking.

New laws introduced to better protect victims

Joint Victim Leads welcome raft of new offences introduced to better protect victims from abuse of intimate images.

Blog: A decade of Making a Difference

APCC Chair Marc Jones reflects on a decade of PCCs to mark anniversary.

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.

Pledge to tackle violence against women and girls

APCC and NPCC pledge joint approach to improve the response to violence against women and girls.

APCC 'Victims In Focus' report

Find out how victims’ advocacy is at the heart of everything Police and Crime Commissioners do.

CPS blueprint for prosecuting rape has improved charge rates

APCC Victims Leads welcome new data which reveals charge rates for rape have increased.

NPCC & College of Policing report on Police Misconduct

Joint Leads for Victims welcome the publication of the report on Police Misconduct.

Victims Bill must be strengthened

Joint Leads for Victims respond to Justice Committee pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Victims Bill.

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.