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

APCC Joint Victims’ Leads support ‘No More Week’ to End Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence

'No More' Week 2024 is a global campaign, running from March 3 to 9, that urges society to take collective responsibility for ending domestic violence and sexual violence

APCC Responds to Latest Knife and Offensive Weapon Sentencing Data

New Ministry of Justice (MoJ) data for Knife and Offensive Weapon Sentencing Statistics has been published from July to September 2023.

APCC Joint Victims Lead Responds to the launch of the Victims’ Code Campaign

The Victims’ Code is a practical guide to help victims of crime understand what they can expect from the criminal justice system. It sets out the minimum level of service that victims should receive in England and Wales.


APCC Chair, Donna Jones, welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement of a new bill to exonerate and compensate victims of the Post Office scandal.

APCC Victims Leads support the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women

Saturday (November 25), marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

APCC welcomes the positive changes to the criminal records disclosure regime

“Reducing the time a conviction remains live is an important way to enable an individual with such a background to contribute positively to their local community."


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: TBC

APCC Contact: Ella Thomas, Senior Policy Manager 


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: TBC

Deputy: Emily Spurrell, PCC Merseyside

APCC Contact: Enzo Riglia, Senior Policy Manager 

Resources and Publications


Kate Green, Deputy Mayor of Manchester

Kate Green joined us at the APCC stand at the 'Festival of Practice'.

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