Changes to domestic violence evidence requirements

On 8th January 2018 changes to evidence requirements of domestic violence in private family law disputes came into effect.  There will no longer be a time limit on abuse evidence, which previously stood at five years. Additionally, the range of documents accepted as evidence of abuse has been widened to include statements from domestic violence support organisations and housing support officers. Legal aid is available to people involved in private family disputes if they are victims, or are at risk of becoming victims, of domestic violence or child abuse. To qualify, applicants must provide objective evidence of the abuse while their case is also subject to means and merits tests. For further details please see the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/changes-to-domestic-violence-evidence-requirements-come-into-effect

Legal aid templates

Please see below a series of letter templates which could be useful to victims of domestic violence trying to gather evidence to make them eligible for legal aid.

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