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LEGAL AID

DO I QUALIFY?

Legal Aid is still available for Private Law for those who meet the following tests

Merit - does the Legal Aid agency believe that what you are asking for is reasonable and has a good chance of success

Means - do you have proof that you have income and assets BELOW the threshold levels. As a rough calculator you must meet ALL of the following criteria - 

  • Gross Income LESS than £2657 per month
  • Disposable Income LESS than £733 per month
  • Savings / assets worth less than £8,000.

Evidence of DV - there is a very specific list of items accepted as evidence. We can help you to work out which one you need. 

 

HOW DO I GET THE EVIDENCE?

  1. CONTACT YOUR GP OR OTHER HEALTH PROFESSIONAL - ask them to make a referral for you to our Specialist DV support service. Please explain to them that they are NOT being asked to confirm that you have been a victim of DV. Click HERE for a template letter you can use to tell the health professional what you need them to do
  2. REFERRAL TO OUR DV SUPPORT SERVICE - click HERE for a template that you can show to the GP and ask them to use it to write to us. If the GP needs any further information we've provided a guide for professionals below
  3. EVIDENCE LETTER - click HERE for a template that you can show to the GP. They need to complete this EXACTLY in this format produced by the Ministry of Justice. Sadly we've had Evidence Letters rejected even when GPs have added helpful comments in support of patients because it is NOT in the 'correct' format. Please explain to the GP staff that the letter MUST - 
  • BE ON SURGERY HEADED PAPER
  • CONTAIN THE GP's GMC (or Nurse's NMC) registration number
  • BE EXACTLY IN THE FORMAT SET OUT IN THE TEMPLATE WITH NO ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS

 

IF YOU ARE IN ENGLAND

You can use the same sysem BUT instead of a referral to our specialist DV support service ask for a referral to Men's Aid charity, P.O.Box 20, Coventry Point, Market Way, Coventry, CV1 1EA.

Your GP or health professional can use the template HERE to make the referral. They also need to give you the Evidence Letter (see above) completed by the surgery confirming they've made the referral to Men's Aid.

 

NOTE FOR GPs & Practice staff - UPDATED APRIL 2017 

We appreciate that you may feel nervous about confirming a referral to a DV support service as you are unsure of the legal implications of this for your practice. The Legal Aid Agency is clear that the referral can be made for anyone who is, OR is AT RISK OF domestic violence and abuse. We can however help reduce the burden of time and perceived risk to you.

Please simply complete the template referral HERE to our charity and we will do the rest by producing the 'Evidence Letter' required by the Legal Aid Agency to support your patient. We will still need the name of a 'health professional' and their GMC / NMC registration number but the charity will be providing the Evidence to obtain Legal Aid.

The referral letter can be sent by email to legalaid@fnf-bpm.org.uk or by post to Legal Aid Dept. FNF BPM Cymru, 61 Cowbridge Rd East, Cardiff, CF11 9AE.  We hope this NEW initiative will significantly reduce the impact on busy GP surgeries.

Paul Apreda, National Manager, FNF BPM Cymru 

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