Women’s Aid welcomes Labour Party pre-election spending commitment to increase access to legal aid
Monday 4th May 2015
Women’s Aid welcomes today’s Labour Party pre-election spending commitment to increase access to vital and much needed legal aid for survivors of domestic violence.
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“A shocking 40% of women who have experienced violence are not able to get the evidence they need to get legal aid because the types of evidence required are too limited. Some women don’t have the evidence they need because they have been too scared to go to the police, or because the evidence they have is more than two years old.
“Women’s Aid especially welcomes the commitment to abolish fees charged by officials, including GPs, for writing letters to be used as evidence that a victim has suffered abuse. We know that some women have been forced to pay up to £80 for these letters which is completely unacceptable.
“Women’s Aid will continue to work with all political parties to help women access justice. We call on the new government to make access to legal aid for survivors of domestic violence a priority.”