Victims' Commissioner

Claire Waxman brings a wealth of personal insight and expertise to the role, having been the victim of a sustained stalking campaign for 12 years during which time she founded a campaign group which successfully fought for improved legislation and support for victims. 

In her role as Victims' Commissioner, Claire Waxman aims to overhaul the Criminal Justice Service (CJS) to enable victims to access  a timely, effective, transparent and inclusive justice journey, whether they choose to report the offence all the way through to post sentence. Claire’s mantra is that all victims of crime, no matter their status or experience, should be able to engage with a service designed to help them cope and recover. 

Claire works alongside victims, amplifying their voice and promoting their interests throughout the CJS journey with agencies from police to judiciary to ensure the victim's voice is heard and lessons learned from their experiences are used to inform and shape practices, polices, services and provision. 

Publications

The London Rape Review

In July 2019, the London Rape Review, conducted by MOPAC and the University of West London was published. The report looks at 501 allegations of rape reported in London in April 2016, providing the clearest picture to date of reported rape in the capital and the reasons why so few cases result in conviction.

Alongside this research, Claire published her reflections and recommendations from the findings, calling for a drastic overhaul to the way rape victims are treated in the criminal justice process. Claire calls on criminal justice partners to drastically improve the treatment and support that rape victims receive across the board, to ensure they have better access to fairer justice and support and are not forced to choose between rights to privacy or access to much needed therapy in lieu of justice.

The London Rape Review - MOPAC/UWL Research

The London Rape Review - Reflections and Recommendations

Review of Compliance with the Victims' Code of Practice

In 2017, Claire set out her intention to conduct a comprehensive review across all London’s criminal justice agencies to determine compliance with the Victims Code of Practice. The Code sets out the minimum standards of service a victim of crime can expect from all Criminal Justice agencies such as police and CPS. 

Her Review, the result of consultation with thousands of victims, hundreds of hours of interviews and a series of in-depth focus groups with practitioners, was published in March 2019. Read it here.

MOPAC has subsequently responded to the report and its recommendations.

What Claire is working on

On appointment, Claire launched an ambitious programme of research, engagement and advocacy, including:

  • A wide-ranging consultation with survivors of violence against women and girls, to inform the Mayor’s Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy (VAWG). This included further analysis of the barriers to safe reporting for victims with insecure immigration status which informed a stringent set of recommendations sent to the Home Secretary from the Mayor to increase support and protection.
  • A full victims’ needs assessment via an in-depth survey to gather the views and feedback of victims of crime in London to inform future service provision and ensure all victims can access the support they need. Findings of this will be available Spring 2019. 
  • Establishing a Victims Board comprising of justice agencies which supports the delivery of the commitments set out in the Police and Crime Plan and provides the opportunity for the victims’ voice to be at the centre of decision making. 
  • Forming a Victims Reference Group for ongoing engagement with stakeholders including victims of crime to inform her work and the work of the Victims Board, so accessible, high quality, integrated and tailored services are available to enable those affected by crime in London to fully cope and recover. If you are an organisation who wishes to be considered to join please email us.
  • Commissioning a new online resource for victims to act as a virtual ‘one front door’ to ensure that victims’ can easily access comprehensive information, advice and the pathways available to them when they need it. 
  • Convening London’s first ever Victims’ Summit, bringing together senior leaders from all justice agencies, voluntary and community groups, local councils and victims of crime, to galvanise a partnership effort to improve victims’ experiences of navigating the justice system and support options post incident. We will be convening part two in Spring 2019.
  • Working closely with the Metropolitan Police Service to address recent findings of the decline in victim satisfaction rates, delivering on a suite of recommendations including 14,000 frontline officers receiving specialist victims care training and improving police correspondence & communication to victims.
  • Working closely with the Ministry of Justice to help shape their Victims’ Strategy and continuing to work with partners to ensure the Government deliver their recommendations outlined in strategy and fulfil their commitment in delivering a Victims’ Law.

You can follow Claire's work on Twitter: @LDNVictimsComm

 

Media Enquiries: For any media requests relating to the Victims' Commissioner and her work, please contact the Mayor's Press Office on 0207 983 4000 and ask for the Policing desk. Alternatively, email [email protected]

Contact the Victims Commissioner

As the Victims’ Commissioner, it is important I hear from you and ensure the victims’ voice is heard and acted upon, so more victims get better support. 

If you have been a victim of crime or you work in victims support services, please get in touch using the form below.


If you need to speak to someone, please call the 24 hour free Victim Support Line on 08 08 16 89 111

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