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 probation, prisons and courts) 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 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.
  • 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.



The APCC’s work on the criminal justice system and supporting victims of crime is developed through two 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 leads on Victims and the Criminal Justice System


Modern Slavery (TBC)


Latest News

HMICFRS Finding time for crime report

Joint Local Policing Leads respond to HMICFRS report.

New legal guidance on street-based sexual harassment

Joint Victims' Lead welcomes new legal guidance which will see street harassment crimes prosecuted.

'Deeply concerning' report highlights fundamental areas for improvement

APCC Leads respond to police super-complaint report on police perpetrated domestic abuse.

Criminal Justice Leads welcome new laws to make streets safer

Stricter sentences for those who commit the most serious of crimes introduced in raft of new laws.

APCC Lead calls for greater clarity on Victims Bill

APCC Joint Lead on Victims gave evidence at the Justice Committee's pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Victims Bill.

End to Friday prison releases

APCC Leads for Criminal Justice welcome govt announcement which will see an end to vulnerable prisoners being released on a Friday.

New non-fatal strangulation offence comes into force

APCC Victims leads welcome Govt announcement that non-fatal strangulation will be made a specific offence as part of the Domestic Abuse Act.

Stop collecting large amounts of personal data about rape and sexual assault victims

APCC Victims' Leads respond to the Information Commissioner's calls for the criminal justice sector to stop collecting excessive amounts of personal information from rape victims.

Donna Jones, APCC Joint Lead for the Victims Portfolio

An update on the APCC Victims Portfolio from Donna Jones

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 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.

David Lloyd, APCC Lead for the Criminal Justice Portfolio

An update on the APCC Criminal Justice Portfolio from David Lloyd.