Rights of Women’s research, in the first three months of the new legal aid rules, showed that 50% of women affected by violence were ineligible for family law legal aid because they did not have the required evidence of domestic violence. The impact this is having on women is devastating. One woman said, “I can’t get any help and make my and my children’s life safe without legal aid.” You can read the full report here.
With Women’s Aid Federation England and Welsh Women’s Aid, Rights of Women are committed to continuing to monitor the impact of the new rules and have re-launched our survey. Help them demonstrate the impact of the new rules to the Ministry of Justice by encouraging the women you come into contact with who are ineligible for legal aid to complete their survey here.