You are logged in. Log out
Need help? Click here or call 0808 80 10 800

News

07 April, 2014

Legal Aid Update: Evidence Gateway Widened for victims of Domestic Abuse

Back in 2013 changes to family law legal aid meant that many people were no longer able to access legal help, although victims of domestic violence were still allowed access through the ‘Domestic Violence Gateway’ which allowed a limited number of limited types of ‘evidence’.
Welsh Women’s Aid and Women’s Aid Federation England teamed up with Rights of Women to campaign for the Ministry of Justice to campaign for a widening of these evidence types, which evidence from our members showed was acting as a barrier for many women trying to flee domestic abuse.

As of the 22nd of April 2014 the Ministry of Justice has announced that new evidence that will be accepted for women affected by violence to access legal aid, including evidence of police bail for a domestic violence offence, a Domestic Violence Protection Order, evidence of referral to domestic violence support services from a health professional and evidence of not being able to access refuge accommodation.

Our CEO @EleriB speaking at the opening ceremony of the @CIFF_Official - informing the attendees about WWA, our work, our mission to end #VAWDASV and raising awareness of the #TimesUp and #MeToo movement. pic.twitter.com/9LcXzQ9UDc

Yesterday from WelshWomensAid's Twitter