Legal Aid is a Lifeline:Women Speak Out on the Legal Aid Reforms
The Foundation has been supporting work to gather evidence of the role and value of Legal Aid. The National Federation of Women’s Institutes has produced a powerful report called Legal Aid is a Lifeline. It focuses particularly on the needs of women who have experienced domestic violence and presents the results of focus groups with WI members and a literature review of the case for funding civil cases involving victims of domestic violence. The messages are clear: access to legal aid is a vital life saving resource for women who have experienced domestic violence; and the current proposals to cut Legal Aid represent a real threat to justice and fairness. This undermines the government’s own commitment to tackle violence against women.