Legal Aid Evidence List

(1) Domestic Violence

In cases of domestic violence, at least one of the following is required in relation to a matter arising out of a family relationship between you and another:-

➢ Written evidence that the other person has an unspent conviction for a domestic violence offence;

➢ Written evidence that the other person has been given a police caution for domestic violence within the last two years;

➢ Written evidence of ongoing criminal proceedings for domestic violence;

➢ A copy of an injunction order against the other person that you obtained within the last two years;

➢ A copy of a written undertaking given by the other person to the Court, provided that you do not give a cross-undertaking;

➢ A letter from the chair of a multi-agency risk assessment conference confirming that you were referred as a high risk victim of domestic violence within the last two years;

➢ Evidence that a judge has ruled (in a ‘finding of fact’) in the last two years that you have been a victim of domestic violence;

➢ A letter from your doctor or nurse stating that they have examined you in the last two years and you had injuries of a condition consistent with those of a victim on domestic violence and they have no reason to believe they were not caused by domestic violence.* Please click here for a letter from us to your Health Professional together with a reply form.

➢ A letter from a council social services department confirming that you were assessed within the last two years as being – or at risk of being – a victim of domestic violence by the other person. Alternatively, you may provide a copy of that letter;

➢ Written evidence that you have been admitted to a women’s refuge (or a similar domestic violence support organisation) within the last two years.

*If you are going to get a letter from your surgery, you may be charged for this service. We cannot cover the cost of this letter. If you are unable to cover the costs yourself, please print the attached letter and take it with you to the doctor or nurse. Click here to download the letter and form.

Children

In cases where children are involved, you must provide at least one of the following when the child is at risk of abuse from the other person:-

➢ Written evidence of a relevant unspent conviction for a child abuse offence;

➢ Written evidence of a relevant police caution for a child abuse offence within the last two years;

➢ Written evidence of ongoing criminal proceedings for a relevant child abuse offence;

➢ A copy of a relative protective injunction order obtained within the last two years;

➢ Evidence that a judge has ruled (in a 'finding of fact') in the last two years that your child has been abused by someone else in the last two years. Please bring a copy of this ruling to your interview;

➢ A letter from a council social services department confirming that your child was assessed within the last two years as being - or at risk of being - a victim of child abuse;

➢ A letter from a council social services department confirming that, within the last two years, a child protection plan was put in place to protect your child from abuse or risk of abuse by someone else. Alternatively, you may provide a copy of the plan;

➢ An application for an order for an injunction made with an application for a prohibited steps order which has not yet been dealt with by the court.

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