Changes to the evidence required to obtain legal aid for victims of domestic violence

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Changes to the evidence required to obtain legal aid for victims of domestic violence

Beverley Watkins welcomed the announcement that the Legal Aid Agency plan to scrap the rule that victims must provide evidence of abuse within the last 5 years and that they plan to widen the evidence. It is not yet clear when the new rules will be implemented but it is hoped that it will be soon. Beverley said, ‘for those of us working in this area we have long campaigned for a change in the rules as so many victims were unable to access legal aid. I do hope the rule changes are made a priority. This change will save lives.’

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https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/feb/23/legal-aid-domestic-violence-law-courts?CMP=share_btn_fb

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