Legal Aid is still available if you and/or your child are or have been a victim of domestic abuse. This could be due to being physically or sexually assaulted or subjected to controlling or coercive behaviour, such as not being allowed to see your friends or family or having money withheld from you.
We can apply to the court for Non Molestation injunction to protect you and your child. We can also apply for an Occupation Order to stop your partner coming back to the family home if he or she lives there with you.
In order to qualify for legal aid we will need certain evidence from you.
This could be evidence of a police prosecution or caution of your partner, an injunction within the last 24 months, or documents relating to ongoing criminal proceedings. If these are not available you can provide evidence from any domestic abuse organisation you have been involved with, or from a GP or health professional to confirm that the condition or injury could only have been cause by domestic abuse.
You can also get evidence by way of a letter from Social Services to confirm that your child is at risk of harm from your partner.
These documents together with your proof of benefits, or 3 months payslips and 3 months bank statements if you are working, should be produced at the first meeting as without them we cannot act.