(Newcastle upon Tyne Central) (Lab)
Under the leadership of Kim McGuinness, our police and crime commissioner, Northumbria police have invested heavily in victim support. But they cannot make up for the wholesale failure of the justice system, with victims telling us that they feel revictimised by the length of delays and the complexity of the process. Does the Minister acknowledge that his plan to get the backlog down to 53,000—still a huge number—will not significantly address the delays? What additional support is he putting in place for the mental health of victims during these long, long delays?
What recent assessment he has made of the impact of the court backlog on the wellbeing of victims of (a) sexual and (b) violent offences. (900209)
And the delays in the courts?
.@KiMcGuinness & @northumbriapol have invested heavily in victim support but they cant make up for the failure of the criminal justice system. Victims face huge complexity and long delays. I asked Minister why govt plan has failed and what support there is for victims. pic.twitter.com/t5bm8Lkrrl
— Chi Onwurah 💙 (@ChiOnwurah) May 25, 2022