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Following reforms in England, victims of domestic violence are finding it difficult to access Legal Aid

Women’s Aid, Welsh Women’s Aid and Rights of Women have published a joint report regarding the new eligibility criteria for Legal Aid in cases of domestic violence. According to the report, 6 out of 10 victims of domestic violence are unable to access Legal Aid.

The main difficulty in making claims relates to the enhanced criteria regarding production of evidence. In the course of 2 surveys, half of the women interviewed said they did not have the correct documents of proof. The remainder either had to pay to access the evidence or had to wait in order to receive such information.
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