Legal Aid Scheme: Domestic Abuse:Written question - 211432

Asked on: 22 October 2014
Ministry of Justice
Legal Aid Scheme: Domestic Abuse
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spends each year on legal aid to support women suffering from domestic abuse.
Answered by: Mr Shailesh Vara
Answered on: 03 November 2014

Prior to 2013, when people applied for legal aid they were not asked to declare whether domestic violence had occurred. Since 2013, applications for legal aid do not routinely request this information as it is not required. Therefore the data requested is not available.

People seeking protective injunctions, like restraining orders, remain eligible for legal aid. Legal aid also remains available in private family cases that involve domestic violence. We have listened closely to any concerns about how the system has been operating, and made changes in response, such as making it easier to prove abuse and so get legal aid.

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