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Giving a Voice to Victims throughout the Criminal Justice System

Many victims have expressed their disappointment in the criminal justice system. Findings from the Victims Commissioner’s 2021 Victim Survey reveal that only 43% of respondents said they would report a crime again. In this video, Nina Champion, Director of the Criminal Justice Alliance gives insights into improving trust, confidence and communications in the criminal justice system. She discusses ways to give victims a voice throughout the process and better support their needs through co-production.

Supporting Victims and Witnesses to Achieve Good Evidence in Criminal Proceedings

In 2020, only 6% of victims were satisfied with their initial contact with the police. Rachel Roberts, Head of the Victim and Witness Care Unit at Surrey Police shared how the Unit has been able to support victims and witnesses at every step through the Criminal Justice System.

Domestic Abuse: Improving Police Response to Domestic Abuse

In the year ending March 2021, the police recorded nearly 1.5 million domestic abuse-related incidents and crimes. Roy Wilshire, Lead for Domestic Abuse, HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire Services shared the latest findings from the inspection on how police forces have responded to recent cases of violence against women and girls and how the police can improve.

Offender Management and Rehabilitation: Substance Misuse ‘Through the Gate’

Reoffending is more likely when drug and alcohol provisions are stopped after custody. Mark Dronfield from Turning Point London discussed the importance of continued support for offenders as they enter the community and shared the work of Turning Point.

Offender Management: Managing Parole and Protecting the Public from Serious Offenders

The Parole Board are an independent body that decide whether prisoners are suitable for release back into the community. We heard from Chair of the Parole Board Caroline Corby. They explored the Parole system and the work that the Board does to support victims of crime.