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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

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

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.

Here's a simple one page tool that you can use to check whether you may be eligible on financial grounds 

http://www.my-mediation.co.uk/family-mediation-legal-aid-assessment-eligibility-calculator

and here's a short video guide  

 

THIS UK GOVERNMENT LINK CHECKS YOUR ELIGIBILITY ONLINE


'BUT I'M NOT A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE...? - YES YOU ARE

Many men dont believe they are victims of DV because they havent suffered serious or prolonged physical violence from their partner or ex-partner. The UK Govt. definition of DV is very wide and includes emotional, financial and other forms of non-physical abuse. If you are being excluded from the life of your child by the other parent without lawful means that is a form of emotional abuse. That means you ARE a victim of DV and can claim Legal Aid (subject to Means and Merit tests).

 

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 (UPDATED AUG.2017) that your GP can use to refer you 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 Mankind Initiative in Taunton on 01823 344244.

 

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 complete this template HERE - send it 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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