Legal Aid for Victims of Domestic Violence and Children at Risk of Abuse

Background on Legal Aid Changes

 

As of the 1st of April 2013, the Government reformed the legal aid system in England & Wales, resulting in changes to the way victims of domestic violence or child abuse apply for legal aid.

The key focus in the new scheme is on providing legal aid for the most vulnerable, however, the Legal Aid Agency will require evidence of domestic violence and abuse and for protection for abused children and those at risk of abuse in order to fund legal aid.

For guidance on whether or not you can get legal aid can be found on the Gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid

A full list of acceptable evidence, the form(s) to complete, guidance and assistance on how you may be eligible to apply for legal aid can be found on the Ministry of Justice website: http://www.justice.gov.uk/legal-aid-for-private-family-matters

The forms of evidence relating to Domestic Violence and Abuse that Durham Constabulary may be able to provide are as follows:

• Evidence of a police caution for a domestic violence offence given to the other party for a crime against the applicant within the past two years; and
• On-going proceedings for a domestic violence offence against the other party for a crime where the applicant is the victim.
• A letter from a Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC).

The forms of evidence relating to the protection for abused children that Durham Constabulary may be able to provide are as follows:

•  A police caution for a child abuse offence given to the other party for a crime  within the past two years;
•  On-going proceedings for a child abuse offence against the other party.
 

Should you wish to request assistance from Durham Constabulary on this matter you can apply to:


Information Rights & Disclosure Unit,
Professional Standards & Legal Services Dept.,
Peterlee Police Station,
St Aidens Way,
Peterlee,
Co Durham,
SR8 1QR.

Telephone: 0191 3752594

Email: disclosure@durham.pnn.police.uk

 

There will be NO payment for this disclosure service but photocopies of original proof of identification (which detail your name, date of birth and current address) must be provided, unless the request is being made, on your behalf, by a solicitor. The following proof of identification documents will serve this purpose – driving licence, medical card, passport, birth certificate, vehicle registration document, any recent household bill (e.g. gas, electricity, telephone etc.), bank statement or any other official document which has your name and address on it.

The completed Ministry of Justice form and supporting (copy) proof of identification may be emailed to the above email address but the reply will be posted to your home address or alternatively, to your solicitors address.

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