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Government Changes to Legal Aid for D.V Ruled 'Invalid'

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In 2012, Chris Grayling the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary at the time, made fundamental changes to Legal Aid under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

The changes included criteria that Legal Aid could only be awarded in family law cases where claimants were able to show evidence that they had suffered domestic abuse in the last 24 months.

Evidence inluded: prosecution of offenders, non-molestation orders, medical evidence of injuries and living in Refuges, all of which essentially required a formal statutory record of abuse.  This has resulted in many victims not being eligible for Legal Aid as the majority do not report what is happening at the time.

The charity Rights of Women took the decision to the Appeal Court in London yesterday after their research found that 40% of women responding to their survey didn't have the required evidence to apply for Legal Aid.

http://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/feb/18/changes-to-legal-aid-for-domestic-violence-victims-ruled-invalid

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