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

Support for a new cross-system approach to tackling VAWG

APCC Victims Leads respond to HMICFRS' recommendations for improving response to violence against women and girls

APCC keen to work with new national VAWG Lead Maggie Blyth

Victims Leads: "Maggie Blyth’s appointment as NPCC lead for Violence Against Women and Girls comes with our full support."

It is alarming that victims are losing faith in the criminal justice system

Joint Victims' Leads Donna Jones and Sophie Linden reflects on a nationwide survey published today on victims' experiences.

Resources and Publications

reducing-reoffending-in-focus.pdf, 3.78Mb

This report demonstrates how PCCs are ending the revolving door of crime by ensuring those offenders who want to turn their lives around and stay out of prison get the help and support they need to do so.

putting-victims-first-in-focus-pdf-final.pdf, 14.36Mb
pccs-making-a-difference-vawg-in-focus.pdf, 2.47Mb