Legal Aid Scheme: Domestic Abuse

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 25th June 2019.

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Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many legal aid applications for domestic violence have been made in each year since 2010.

Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of legal aid applications for civil cases of domestic violence have been accepted in each year since 2010.

Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for legal aid for injuction cases have been made in each year since 2010.

Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of applications for legal aid for injunction cases were accepted in each year since 2010.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Police recorded domestic abuse crimes have increased by over 60% in the last three years, demonstrating increased victim confidence to report and better police recording of these crimes. Overall, prosecutions and convictions for domestic abuse are both up since 2010 – by 20 per cent and 28 per cent respectively, with 76% of all prosecutions resulting in successful convictions, the highest proportion since 2010. However, the CPS are working closely with the police locally and nationally to ensure appropriate referrals are made by the police and to address any fall in referrals where needed. In November last year, MHCLG awarded £22 million for domestic abuse projects across the country. This is helping to provide over 2,200 new beds in refuges and other safe accommodation, as well as access to education and tailored employment and life skills guidance. MHCLG are also consulting on potential measure for sustainable delivery of support for victims and their children in accommodation-based services for domestic abuse across England. The Consultation ends on 2 August. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/support-for-victims-of-domestic-abuse-in-safe-accommodation The figures below relate to legal aid at the Civil Representation level. Legal aid for these matters is also available by way of initial advice and assistance under the Legal Help scheme. Application and percentage data is not held for Legal Help matters, as the decision on whether to grant funding is devolved to the solicitor in question.

Financial Year

Domestic Violence Applications

Granted

Proportion Granted

2010-11

19,951

17,995

90%

2011-12

17,652

16,187

92%

2012-13

17,406

15,812

91%

2013-14

16,925

15,306

90%

2014-15

15,662

14,114

90%

2015-16

14,748

13,574

92%

2016-17

14,092

13,349

95%

2017-18

14,188

13,446

95%

2018-19*

10,200

9,499

93%

Financial Year

Injunction Applications

Granted

Proportion Granted

2010-11

19,951

17,995

90%

2011-12

17,647

16,182

92%

2012-13

17,395

15,802

91%

2013-14

16,925

15,306

90%

2014-15

15,661

14,114

90%

2015-16

14,746

13,572

92%

2016-17

14,090

13,349

95%

2017-18

14,188

13,446

95%

2018-19

10,200

9,499

93%

*(Apr to Dec 2018) Please note that injunction figures, although being separately reported on here, are included as part of the ‘Domestic Violence’ category volumes displayed in the first table.

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