Javed Khan
Javed took over the role of Chief Executive at Victim Support in October 2010. He leads a team of 1,500 staff across England and Wales, with around 7,000 specially trained volunteers. The charity is the oldest and largest of its kind in the world, supporting 1.5 million victims and witnesses every year.

Prior to this, Javed was the Executive Director to the multi-agency London Serious Youth Violence Board, responsible for working across London’s key agencies and Whitehall departments to improve inter-agency working to drive down serious youth violence.
Previously Assistant Director of Education in the UK’s largest local authority -Birmingham, in January 2004 Javed joined Harrow Council as Chief Education Officer. He now has over 25 year’s experience of working in schools, sixth form and further education colleges, with ten years as a Chief Officer in local government, and more recently in the senior civil service.

Entries by Javed Khan

Actions and Consequences: How Restorative Justice Can Help Victims Move On

(0) Comments | Posted 20 November 2013 | (11:31)

If you were a victim of crime, would you want to meet the offender?

What would you say to them?

A burglary victim might, for example, want to talk about the inconvenience, the hassle of sorting out the mess and replacing what has been...

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Human Trafficking: It's What We Don't Know That Is Most Disturbing

(6) Comments | Posted 31 October 2013 | (00:00)

When you're dealing with victims of crime it can sometimes be what you don't know that's most disturbing.

How many more of them are out there?

What are the signs that we missed?

Are we spotting others before it's too late?

Nobody could have failed to be affected by the...

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Restorative Justice: Is the Message Getting Through?

(7) Comments | Posted 21 September 2013 | (01:00)

It's funny how you find out that you're winning the argument.

I was watching EastEnders when I realised attitudes towards restorative justice were really shifting.

The episode showed Kat Moon meeting Ronnie Mitchell - the woman who had stolen Kat's baby - at the prison gates.

It was an intense...

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Public Trust Is Precious - And Only Earned Over Time

(0) Comments | Posted 31 July 2013 | (01:00)

Reform of the criminal justice system has been kicked about by successive governments in almost symbolic celebration of their commitment to improve key public services.

Few can argue that the current coalition government's plans aren't radical though many commentators are right to sound some caution.

Handing over the keys to...

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Oxford Grooming Victims Get Their Day in Court

(27) Comments | Posted 28 June 2013 | (01:00)

There's often a lot of talk of victims 'having their day in court'.

Sometimes, though, it's far easier said than done.

On Thursday, six young women watched the men who subjected them to nothing short of modern day slavery go to prison for 95 years.

The victims of the Oxford...

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Could Aggressive Treatment of Vulnerable Witnesses Be About to Change?

(5) Comments | Posted 8 June 2013 | (01:00)

The aggressive questioning of vulnerable witnesses in court was exposed again this week with solicitor general Oliver Heald calling for change at the dispatch box. Now policing and criminal justice minister Damian Green is to head a taskforce to examine the issues.

It's good to know that the stance...

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Communities Must Pull Together in Wake of Woolwich Murder

(28) Comments | Posted 27 May 2013 | (01:00)

So terrorism has reared its terrible head again this week with the sickening events in Woolwich. Our thoughts go out to drummer Lee Rigby's family - the pain they are suffering must be unimaginable.

I was walking those same streets in Woolwich just two days before and I wonder how...

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Reducing Britain's Re-Offending Rate Needs Victim Focus

(11) Comments | Posted 15 May 2013 | (01:00)

It's no secret that the re-offending rate in this country remains far too high and that the public find it alarming.

What's less publicised is what victims think about all this. Time and again victims tell me that, yes they want those who committed a crime to be punished, but...

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Britain's Not More Peaceful for the Victims

(0) Comments | Posted 24 April 2013 | (14:55)

We've heard today that new research suggests Britain is becoming a "more peaceful" place with violent crime falling by a quarter over the last decade.

The European Institute for Peace thinks violent crime is falling faster here than anywhere else in Europe - though it still costs us £124billion.


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It Is Time To Start Taking Child Abuse Victims Seriously

(1) Comments | Posted 7 March 2013 | (11:17)

As any parent will testify child safety is paramount.

Unfortunately we can't always protect our youngsters. Crime does happen and last year my charity Victim Support helped around 4,500 child victims of sexual abuse.

We should expect, however, that the British criminal justice system protects our young people if they...

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Justice for Frances Andrade: A Success or a Failure?

(1) Comments | Posted 13 February 2013 | (17:16)

Giving evidence in court can be traumatic. At Victim Support we hear this from witnesses and victims of crime, time and time again. In some cases where there is aggressive cross examination, some have even said it is more distressing than the crime itself.

Courts have to find the...

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CEO Visits the Frontline

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2013 | (12:12)

The New Year means new resolutions and for 2013 mine is to take on board what I recently learnt when I spent the day 'walking in the shoes' of my frontline staff.

As Chief Executive of the national charity Victim Support my job is very much about strategy, management...

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The PM Must Consider What the EU Has Done for Victims of Crime

(1) Comments | Posted 22 January 2013 | (10:47)

A fair and just society is one that supports victims in the aftermath of crime. That's why I'm strongly urging David Cameron to think again before making any dangerous rejections of existing EU measures in his long awaited speech tomorrow. In particular, those which protect victims of crime at home...

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Rochdale Grooming Case: What About the Victims and Witnesses?

(6) Comments | Posted 14 May 2012 | (01:00)

Last week saw Britain gripped by an appalling court case where nine men were accused and convicted of grooming and abusing five young women.

Although there has been a lot of attention given to the offenders and how they managed to get away with their horrific crimes for so long,...

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Don't Let Innocent Victims Suffer Twice

(2) Comments | Posted 27 April 2012 | (01:00)

One of the most inspirational things about my job is hearing back from the people Victim Support help. Sheila, the mother of a young woman who tragically died after being violently assaulted by her boyfriend recently told me: "Without Victim Support I would have died. I went to them after...

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How We Must Try and Get it Right for Victims and Witnesses

(1) Comments | Posted 10 February 2012 | (00:00)

I believe passionately that a civilised society looks after people who've been preyed on by criminals. That means supporting victims and witnesses, wherever they are, to help them find the strength to move on with their lives after crime.

The government's consultation document, Getting it right for victims...

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How Offenders can Repair the Harm They Have Caused

(3) Comments | Posted 1 October 2011 | (01:00)

Only a few days ago, I heard from a young woman whose house had been ransacked in the middle of the night by a burglar. She reported the crime to the police but still felt anxious in her home, fearful that it could happen again.

She contacted Victim Support...

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After the Riots: We Need to Rebuild People as well as Buildings

(1) Comments | Posted 15 August 2011 | (01:00)

As the riots begin to drop down the news agenda, communities are beginning to count the human and financial cost of the recent shameless acts of violence and looting.

The pockmarked high streets where livelihoods and businesses have been smashed and raised to the ground are easy to see,...

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The E-petition Website: Where are the Crime Victims?

(1) Comments | Posted 9 August 2011 | (01:00)

I wasn't surprised when I took a look at the government's new e-petition website to see the number of petitions to do with the justice system, crime and punishment.
From the death penalty, to who decides sentences, the breadth and volume of petitions shows just what an emotive...

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