How Banner Jones can help you
Victims of domestic violence and abuse have several legal options available to them, and our team are here to assist in any way we can in order to make sure you get the help you need.
Domestic violence and abuse cases are eligible for ‘Legal Aid’ depending on your financial circumstances. This is a Government programme which provides funding for legal fees in certain areas. There are different levels of Legal Aid available depending on the circumstances of your case and we can advise on what level of Legal Aid is appropriate to your situation.
Banner Jones are one of the few law firms in the Chesterfield area to have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency, which enables us to provide legal services funded by Legal Aid.
There are a few different forms of legal assistance that we can provide, depending on the severity of your situation.
Domestic Violence Support
A Terrible consequence of the social distancing measures introduced to combat the COVID-19 pandemic has been a rise in the number of cases of domestic violence and abuse. The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25% increase in calls and a 150% increase in visits to their website since the current situation began (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52157620). With the lockdown continuing for the foreseeable future, we sadly expect the number of domestic abuse cases to continue to grow during this time.
Consultation on Domestic Abuse
The government has launched a consultation on domestic abuse, seeking new laws and stronger powers to protect and support survivors.
Court reform gives stronger protection for victims and witnesses
Vulnerable victims and witnesses will no longer have to appear in court under new plans to roll out pre-trial evidence sessions.
What Counts as Domestic Violence?
The Legal Aid Authority will accept the following evidence as domestic violence outlined in our PDF article.