Archive for January 11th, 2012

January 11, 2012

Welsh Women’s Aid facts underline need for changes to Legal Aid Bill

Welsh Women’s Aid and Rights of Women have just published a very timely survey of over 300 women using WWA member services and their eligibility for legal aid under the proposed legislation.  The information was collected in the week of 15-21 December and showed that almost half of those surveyed would not be eligible under the current proposed evidence requirements for verifying domestic abuse.  Interestingly, the single largest group who would be eligible were those who had had their case heard at a MARAC – at over 30% of the total.  The survey is well worth looking at http://www.rightsofwomen.org.uk/pdfs/Policy/Evidencing_dv_the_facts.pdf