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Domestic violence legal aid changes to be welcomed

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Law Society welcomes government decision to relax legal aid restrictions for victims of domestic violence. 

News the government is to relax legal aid restrictions for domestic violence victims is welcome if long overdue, the Law Society of England and Wales president Joe Egan said today.

‘The government’s decision will make it easier for victims to provide evidence and to qualify for legal aid,’ he said. 

‘The five year time limit causes difficulties for victims who were abused more than five years ago but have no recent documents to prove this.  

‘The forms of evidence required have also been very restrictive. Broadening the types of evidence that can be accepted to include statements from domestic violence support organisations and housing support officers will remove many of the difficulties faced by victims. 

‘Legal aid is a lifeline for those who have suffered abuse. It is often the only way someone can bring their case before the courts. 

‘Today’s positive decision is the end result of work the Law Society and other organisations have been doing with the MoJ for many months.’

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