Is the gateway to access legal aid funding opening for victims of domestic violence?

Changes in the law that come into effect on 22 April 2014 should make it easier for victims of domestic violence to access public funding to obtain legal advice and assistance.

Since April 2013, victims of domestic violence have had to provide ‘acceptable evidence’ to obtain legal aid.

This has led to difficulties for many victims accessing legal advice as they could not provide, often in times of crisis, the necessary written evidence to obtain funding. This led to concerns being raised by support organisations that many victims have stayed in abusive relationships because they are unable to afford legal representation, feel unable to represent themselves in court against the alleged perpetrator and fear losing their children into the care system…

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