- Legal Aid Agency
- Part of:
- Legal aid cases of domestic violence and child abuse: letters for professionals
- 26 April 2014
- Last updated:
- 25 April 2016, see all updates
- Applies to:
- England and Wales
Adapt this example letter to provide information about medical injuries or harm consistent with domestic violence.
If you’re a doctor, nurse, midwife, practitioner psychologist or health visitor, you can adapt this letter to give evidence of diagnosing injuries or conditions consistent with domestic violence.
You can also sign this letter if you’re a health professional and have access to relevant medical records but did not make the diagnosis yourself.
You need to give evidence when victims of domestic violence apply for legal aid. You can use this letter to provide evidence of domestic violence that took place up to 5 years earlier.
Adapt this example letter to respond to requests for information about referrals to specialist domestic violence support services.
Domestic violence support services
If you work for a domestic violence support service, use this letter to confirm a referral from health professionals.
If you work for social services dealing with domestic violence or child abuse, use this letter to confirm completion of a domestic violence assessment.
Published: 26 April 2014
Updated: 25 April 2016
- Sample letter updated.
- First published.