The London Victims' Board
Being a victim of crime can result in serious and lasting harm, which has the potential to be life changing. Despite this, evidence shows that the victims journey is often impacted negatively by the justice system and victims continue to show dissatisfaction with their experience of ‘justice’. This poor experience can serve to hinder a victim’s ability to cope and recover, and worse still re-victimise individuals in the process. The Mayor has therefore made a clear commitment within the Police and Crime Plan (2017-2021) to ‘place victims at the heart of everything we do’.
To drive forward progress against this commitment, the Mayor appointed London’s first Independent Victims Commissioner, Claire Waxman. In December 2017, Claire established and chairs the London Victims’ Board which meets on a quarterly basis at City Hall. A key objective of the board is to ensure key stakeholders meet in a multi-agency forum to ensure that victim perspective is actively considered when developing policy, strategy and legislation to improve the criminal justice system and support services in the capital. The Board seeks to drive forward the victim focused objectives set out in the Police and Crime Plan and provide assurance to the London Crime Reduction Board, chaired by the Mayor of London, that positive action is being taken to improve the experiences of victims, reduce repeat victimisation and, as a result, increase public confidence in the justice system.
More information about the Board is available in the terms of reference and the minutes of previous meetings are available below.