UK research report: almost half of the victims of domestic violence will not be eligible for legal aid

January 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm Leave a comment

Rights of Women is a British organisation dedicated to ” attain justice and equality by informing, educating and empowering women on their legal rights”. In the midst of the fierce discussions on the proposed cuts of legal aid (see the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill) a recently released research report claims that “at least 46% of domestic violence victims will not be eligible for legal aid because of the dangerously restrictive forms of evidence that they will be required to produce.” The research findings are based on a survey conducted in December 2011 among 324 women – victims of domestic violence who were using services provided by members of the Welsh Women’s Aid.

Main findings:

• 46% would not have any of the evidence that the Government has proposed to require of them and would therefore not be eligible for legal aid to resolve their family law problem.
• 54.4% would not have any of the evidence that the Government has proposed to require of them if the 12 month time limit for evidence was also applied.
• 19% had no corroborating evidence other than that from a Welsh Women’s Aid member group.
• 99% had reported at least one incident to the police and/or the police had attended an incident involving domestic violence yet only 8.3% would be able to prove that there had been ongoing criminal proceedings in the last twelve months.
• A wide range of statutory and voluntary sector professionals and agencies were reported to have been aware of the domestic violence but under current proposals much of this evidence would not be accepted by the Governmen.

Read the report here



Entry filed under: Access to Justice, UK.

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