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This research project set out to understand the provision of legal aid to victims of domestic abuse in Norfolk. This issue was first raised by Norfolk Community Law Service (NCLS) through their early research and was raised as a key concern by NCLS and partners at the Domestic Abuse Partner Forum, facilitated and supported by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk.
Victims of domestic abuse can apply for legal aid for advice and representation. Domestic abuse victims must also pass the means and merit test and provide evidence. This report details what three data sources tell us about how legal aid for domestic abuse victims works in Norfolk. The data sources were: Legal Aid Agency published data; a survey of victim experience; and a survey of family law solicitors.