The Ministry of Justice has announced that it will scrap the five year time limit for producing evidence of domestic violence, and increase the types of documents allowed to evidence harm when making an application for legal aid.
The changes, which were to a large extent expected after immense public and organisational pressure to remove existing barriers put into place by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), are set to take effect from January 2018.
As well as removing the time bar for applications, fresh categories of evidence including statements from domestic violence support organisations and housing support officers, as well as those from social services, law enforcement agencies and medical professionals will all be admissible when making an application for legal aid.
This really is wonderful news.
For a comprehensive look at domestic violence policy over the last ten years and the events that lead up to the new changes, check out our article over at Lexis Nexis for more.