Almost half of domestic violence victims will not be eligible for legal aid under proposed new legislation

46% of women at risk of harm from domestic violence will be denied legal aid under current proposals

A new survey shows that almost half of women who are already receiving specialist support as a victim of domestic violence will be unable to access legal aid under the proposed Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill.

The bill would see the introduction of new eligibility criteria for legal aid, including heavy restrictions on what evidence of domestic violence is accepted. Women who do not take civil or criminal proceedings against their perpetrator, but whose status as a victim of domestic abuse is well-documented by other agencies, are likely to be prevented from accessing legal aid.

To find out more, read Rights of Women and Welsh Women’s Aid‘s report on the findings here: Legal aid survey results