41872 - Domestic Violence: Legal Aid Scheme (Answered)

Andy Slaughter
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to investigate the effect of means testing for legal aid on the ability of domestic violence survivors to access justice.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Government is absolutely clear that victims of domestic violence must have access to the help that they need, including access to legal aid.

We are working closely with various domestic abuse support groups and legal representative bodies to gather information about the existing evidence requirements for obtaining legal aid in private family law cases involving domestic violence.

Whilst examination of means testing is not the purpose of this exercise, the review may uncover any issues relating to application of the means test to this particular group.