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The Commissioner serves on a number of national bodies and on the board of national charities such as Respect and Eaves.  Find out more about this work here. All media enquiries should be made to the OPCC by telephoning 0191 221 9800

Legal aid lifeline to domestic violence victims welcomed by Vera Baird 24th February 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird DBE QC,  has welcomed  changes to scrap time limits, which prevent vulnerable domestic abuse survivors from accessing legal aid. Legal aid is intended to enable the victim to get the court to...

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“Seeing is Believing” – Dame Vera Baird QC launches a new report on Northumbria’s unique Court Observers scheme 20th February 2017

A new report from Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird DBE QC highlights how even small changes to court processes based on the observations of a unique scheme of Court Observers could help improve the rape conviction rate. The 12 observers, local members of the public, watched on a rota...

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Vera Baird backs calls for Jeremy Hunt to “scrap the fee” for domestic violence doctor’s note 6th February 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC has joined police and crime commissioners across the country calling on Health Minister Jeremy Hunt to scrap the fee charged to domestic abuse victims seeking legal aid. Due to recent legislation...

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PCC and force back national campaign against sexual abuse – #ItsNotOk 6th February 2017

#ItsNotok is the clear message to offenders from Northumbria Police and Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird QC, as they give their backing to Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, which is taking place across the UK...

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Time to Talk Day supported by PCC Vera Baird 2nd February 2017

Northumbria Police has today written to the editors of national and regional media outlets offering its support to national Time to Talk Day on Thursday (February 2). Time to Talk Day is aimed at getting the nation talking and...

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