High Court to decide whether victims of domestic violence should have access to legal aid

Rights of Women. On 12 December 2014 the High Court heard a legal challenge of the lawfulness of Government changes to legal aid for domestic violence victims. The case coincides with the release of figures which show 40% of victims do not have the required forms of evidence to access legal aid. The legal challenge centres … Continue reading “High Court to decide whether victims of domestic violence should have access to legal aid”

New domestic abuse law on controlling behaviour unveiled

A new domestic abuse offence for “coercive and controlling behaviour” within relationships has been announced by the home secretary. Theresa May said domestic abuse by intimate partners or family members was a “hideous” crime that shattered lives. She said she hoped the new law would protect victims from extreme psychological and emotional abuse. The maximum … Continue reading “New domestic abuse law on controlling behaviour unveiled”

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