Third of domestic violence victims cannot provide evidence for legal aid

A parliamentary watchdog has revealed that more than a third of domestic violence victims cannot provide the evidence required to obtain legal aid.

Without support from a lawyer, victims find it hard to leave abusive partners, are exposed to intimidation and may have to confront attackers in court if left unrepresented, the justice select committee warned on Thursday.

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act withdrew legal aid for family law cases except for those who provide evidence of domestic violence in the previous two years. Evidence can consist of a conviction, police caution, protective injunction, letter from a health professional, residence in a refuge and other categories of information.

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