Four in 10 victims of domestic violence are unable to meet the government’s requirements for claiming legal aid. A campaign group backed by the Law Society said as a challenge to the lawfulness of changes to legal aid for domestic violence victims reached the High Court.

A report published by Rights of Women, Women’s Aid Federation England and Welsh Women’s Aid shows that despite changes to the list of evidence introduced in April 2014, nearly 40% of women affected by violence do not have the required forms of evidence and face the choice of paying for a solicitor privately, representing themselves against the perpetrator in court; or doing nothing .

Nearly 60% of women responding to the survey said that they took no legal action as a direct result of not being eligible for legal aid. A concern is that some of the forms of evidence are subject to a 24-month limit despite the fact that perpetrators may remain a life long threat.

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