The Commissioner for Victims in England and Wales warned that the long-term underfunding of the criminal justice system puts victims in a “bleak” situation.
Mrs. Villaberde said that radical action is needed to improve the justice system because of the lack of support for crime victims, and the long delay has resulted in many victims-especially rape victims-lacking confidence that they will receive justice. .
“Long-term funding is insufficient, and there is a clear lack of strategic methods to improve the criminal justice system, so it can be achieved,” Baird introduced her annual report To the parliament.
“I urge people to report crimes frequently, but whether the victims can believe that there will be a satisfactory result is now questionable.”
The report is in the government Released the long-awaited strategy on violence against women and girls (VAWG) On Wednesday, after 180,000 people responded to inquiries about women’s safety, most Murder of Sarah Everard in March.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said she will support a new law to address sexual harassment on the street and review the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDA) in higher education and public health campaigns focused on prevention.
The Government Equality Office also issued a consultation report on Wednesday Pledge to force employers to protect employees from sexual harassment by clients And TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady (Frances O’Grady) called the “victory of many years of trade union movement” and colleagues of survivors.
Baird said in her annual report that the pandemic has exacerbated the backlog of cases in the Royal Courts, causing more and more people to withdraw from the system.
The latest data from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) shows that as of the end of March 2021, there are 59,532 cases awaiting the Royal Court, an increase of 45% from the first quarter of 2020.
Since 2015, the number of victims who withdrew support for criminal cases has increased at a rate of 1 to 4 percentage points per year, and In the nine months to December 2020, the proportion of all crimes was 27%. In the past five years, the rate of attrition of rape cases has been Increase from 25% to 43%.
“This is a bleak picture, and radical action must be taken,” Baird said.
A year ago, Baird said Rape has actually been legalizedSince 2016-7, the conviction rate has dropped by 64%, a record low. Last month, government ministers stated that they were “ashamed” of unsuccessful rape victims Landmark rape review, But Baird stated that it was carried out by those who were “first responsible for the bad rape situation”, adding that “faults cannot cover up serious compromises”.
“Last year, I warned that we were witnessing the effective decriminalization of rape,” she said. “From this perspective, nothing in the past year has shaken me up. The disturbing fact is that if you were raped in the UK today, you have very little chance of getting justice.”
Baird welcomed the elements of the strategy, such as better support services for minority communities and the establishment of new national police leadership for the VAWG and advocacy campaigns, but stated that the overall strategy was “fragmented.”
Andrea SimonThe head of the Alliance to End Violence against Women stated that the new police leadership should be accompanied by a commitment to make the VAWG a national strategic priority, but welcomes the recognition in the strategy that “the severity and scale of violence against women requires a complete change and a complete System approach”.
A government spokesperson stated that it supports victims of crime “more than ever”, including the Domestic Abuse Act and its VAWG strategy.
They said: “We will also reflect the rights of victims in our legislation, while investing hundreds of millions of dollars to improve the capacity of the courts, provide faster justice and fund important support services.”