Each year across the U.K. more than 1.2 million women are the subject of domestic violence. According to Rights of Women, the domestic violence charitable organisation, more than half of those who responded to a survey said that they did not begin legal proceedings because they could not claim legal aid. The charity has brought a case to the Court of Appeal to challenge the rules that could be preventing many Greater Manchester women from accessing family law legal aid.
After the government changed the regulations to remove legal aid for many types of family law cases, in recognition of the issues of domestic violence, it implemented amendments in order to allow the victims of abuse in the home to still access legal aid. However, Rights of Women has shown that 40 per cent of these victims are unable to provide the stipulated evidence that would enable them to be eligible for the support.