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Civil news: resources and information on domestic violence and child abuse

Online guidance includes eligibility checker and evidence requirements.

New guidance is available on GOV.UK to help victims of domestic violence or child abuse find out whether they are eligible for legal aid.

The guidance also sets out the evidence that individuals need to provide to show that they or their child:

  • has been at risk or suffered from domestic violence or abuse
  • meets the relevant scope and eligibility criteria

There are useful links to:

  • sample letters that a victim of domestic violence or child abuse could use to ask for evidence from the police, courts and other agencies
  • templates for professionals to use to give proof about individuals using their service and applying for legal aid in a domestic violence or child abuse case

Further information

Domestic abuse or violence – guidance page

Sample letters to get evidence of domestic violence

Sample letters to get evidence of child abuse