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LEGAL AID

LEGAL AID IS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE ON LOW INCOMES WITH 'EVIDENCE' OF DV

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THE SERVICE WE PROVIDE IS FREE TO THOSE WE HELP AND WE RECEIVE NO DIRECT FUNDING FOR THIS WORK. THAT'S WHY WE ASK FOR YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT WITH DONATIONS TO ENABLE US TO CONTINUE TO HELP OTHERS WHO ARE VICTIMS OF DV / PREVENTED FROM SEEING THEIR CHILDREN. Please use the VirginMoneyGiving button on our website home page.

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FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

We understand how busy health professionals are. We DON'T believe that you should have to be involved in this process BUT the Government sets the rules, and that's why your patient needs your help.

We've tried to make the process as simple as possible and have taken on board feedback from GP practices that have told us that our earlier request letters were too 'legalistic'. 

You patient should turn up with a pre-printed Referral Form where they've already included their details. They need you to insert your name, GMC registration number and signature. YOU ARE NOT BEING ASKED TO DIAGNOSE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE only to refer your patient to us for help and support as someone who is AT RISK OF DOMESTIC ABUSE.

With your referral to our charity we can produce an Evidence Letter that will help them get the help they need to improve their emotional well-being. 

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FOR THOSE NEEDING HELP 

Civil Legal Advice Helpline on 0345 345 4 345 for impartial advice about Legal Aid 

To qualify for Legal Aid you MUST meet ALL of the steps below. 

STEP ONE - The 'Means' Test

Check you are eligible because you're on a low income / have few assets. 
THIS UK GOVERNMENT LINK CHECKS YOUR FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY ONLINE

You MUST confirm to us that you have completed the financial assessment online and that you qualify. The basic details are 

  • Do you receive an income based benefit eg Income Support, ESA (income based) etc ?
  • Is your combined household income less than £2,657 a month before tax?
  • Do you have £8,000 in savings, shares or property?

If you DONT pass the financial test you CANNOT get Legal Aid.

Legal Aid is NOT free. If you earn above around £20,000 p.a. the amount that YOU will have to pay as a contribution may make this option less attractive.

STEP TWO - The 'Merit' Test

The Legal Aid Agency may not fund the work if they dont think there is a reasonable chance of success OR what you're asking for is unreasonable. You'll need to discuss this with a solicitor. 

STEP THREE - DV Evidence

You'll need to provide 'Evidence' that you are, OR ARE AT RISK OF domestic violence and abuse.

1. OUR REFERRAL FORM 

Complete OUR Referral form HERE

You MUST sign the bottom of the form to confirm that you consent to us sharing your details with others ONLY to provide you with help & support.

Please print / scan the completed form WITH YOUR SIGNATURE and email it to legalaid@fnf-bpm.org.uk

2. EVIDENCE

We use the pathway that requires a referral from a Health professional to a specialist DV support service for help and support. 

YOU must download the Template HERE 

Insert your name / address / email & telephone numbers in the first box in the Template

Print the letter and take it to your GP, asking him / her to insert their name, GMC or NMC registration number, sign the form and use the Practice Stamp to confirm their details.   

Email or post the completed Template to us (details at the bottom of this page)

This is the best way to meet the Evidence threshold. We ALSO need you to complete our Referral Form (see point 1 above) and send that to us at the same time

IF YOUR GP WON'T AGREE TO SIGN THE FORM

Contact us on legalaid@fnf-bpm.org.uk and we'll advise you on alternative routes

checklist

  • Complete and sign the FNF-BPM referral form
  • Complete the Patient Referral Form and get your GP to include their details and signature (incl. their GMC registration
  • Email both documents to the following address - 

legalaid@fnf-bpm.org.uk 

or by post to

Legal Aid Dept. FNF BPM Cymru, 61 Cowbridge Rd East, Cardiff, CF11 9AE.  

 

Paul Apreda, National Manager, FNF BPM Cymru 

 

 


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