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In order to qualify for legal aid, survivors are required to provide evidence of domestic abuse taking place. This is to ensure that legal aid funding is targeted at those who are most in need. From 1st October 2021, health professionals will no longer be able to charge for providing this evidence in accordance with Section 80 of the Domestic Abuse Act.

Vulnerable individuals often turn to health professionals when they are facing domestic abuse. Until now, private services and GPs have been able to charge for providing this information for legal aid purposes at their discretion.

This is a welcomed change after legal representative organisations have consistently campaigned against survivors of domestic abuse having to pay for evidence in order to satisfy legal aid eligibility.

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If you or someone you know is suffering domestic abuse, please get in touch with our family team in confidence by calling 08000 147720 or email We can provide assistance and obtain urgent injunctive orders for your safety and protection remotely via telephone or email. We also work closely with many local organisations who offer help and support to victims.

If you are in immediate danger, call the Police on 999.