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Changes to domestic violence evidence requirements for legal aid
The government have decided to remove time limits for evidence making it easier for domestic violence victims to qualify for legal aid.
The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that following a review of current requirements, the five-year time limit is to be removed.
The types of evidence that can be accepted are also expected to be broadened and in future evidence will be accepted from domestic abuse support organisations which will alleviate difficulties faced by victims when trying to obtain the requisite evidence.
Until 2016, some forms of evidence were subject to a 24 month time limit, despite the fact the abuse may be ongoing and that alleged perpetrators may continue to pose a threat into the future.
Final confirmation of the new rules are awaited.
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