Welcome news : changes to legal aid rules from January 2018

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Welcome news : changes to legal aid rules from January 2018

Postby Jacinta, FRG Adviser » Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:27 pm

Welcome News - changes to legal aid rules for victims of domestic violence or those at risk of domestic violence.

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed in their press release dated 5th December 2017: more legal aid support for victims of domestic violence that:

From January 2018

• There will be no time limit on abuse evidence (initially the time limit was 2 years subsequently extended to 5 years).
• The range of documents accepted as evidence will be widened to include statements from domestic violence support organisations and housing support services.

This follows Rights of Women’s successful legal challenge against the Government last year. For more information please see their news bulletin: domestic violence legal aid changes finally confirmed by government.
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Re: Welcome news : changes to legal aid rules from January 2018

Postby Jacinta, FRG Adviser » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:47 pm

Now in effect – since 8 January 2018 - changes to legal aid for victims of domestic violence.

The revised regulations are now in force. This means that:

• There is no longer any time limit on abuse evidence.
• A wider range of evidence will now be accepted e.g. from housing support officers and domestic violence support services.

Evidence of domestic violence to a previous partner can also evidence risk of abuse.

You can find the Ministry of Justice announcement on changes to legal aid for victims of domestic violence here and you can find out how to request or provide sample letters to get evidence of domestic violence on the Gov.Uk website .
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Domestic Violence gateway evidence

Postby Jacinta, FRG Adviser » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:57 am

Rights of Women have produced this really helpful briefing on the changes in place since 8 January 2018.
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