Vera Baird

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Vera’s Views

Northumbria’s Commissioner regularly writes columns for local and national newspapers and publications – read them here. If you would like Commissioner Baird to write an article for your publication, please ring 0191 221 9800.

Legal Aid for Victims of Domestic Abuse 20th March 2015

It is “completely unacceptable” that a third of domestic violence victims cannot receive legal aid and controversial changes to the system are a way of rationing the access to funds. The House of Commons Justice Committee included the findings...

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Northumbria PCC Rape Scrutiny Panel 13th February 2015

I’m determined that Northumbria continues to implement innovative new measures aimed at improving the conduct and outcomes of rape trials.  To achieve this, in January 2015 I launched the Rape Scrutiny Panel The panel consists of ten specially-trained volunteers...

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Labour will put tackling domestic violence centre stage – and new research may provide fresh tools for the job 29th January 2015

Historically, there has been doubt over whether Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes, (DVPPs) aimed at changing the behaviour of aggressors, are effective, but now there is solid research to suggest they can get results. “Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes: Steps To...

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The Unacceptable Situation at Yarl’s Wood Calls for an Independent Inquiry 17th December 2014

Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, is right to have pledged the next Labour government to hold an inquiry into allegations about events at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. The allegations of sexual assault by male staff against the...

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Living Wage 9th December 2014

One of my proudest achievements to date is making Northumbria Police and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently by the Centre for Social Policy...

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