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Victims of domestic violence are increasingly being denied specialist support and justice as services are being hollowed out

Responding to the Women's Aid report entitled 'Growing Crisis' published today;

Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary, said:

"Victims of domestic violence are increasingly being denied specialist support and justice as services are being hollowed out.

 
“This report from Women's Aid is a damning verdict on Theresa May's lack of strategy for domestic violence victims, as specialist and community outreach services have been heavily cut back and Women's Aid warn that more women are remaining in abusive situations as a result.

"Domestic violence reports to the police are going up, yet there has been a 11% drop in prosecutions since the police cuts started and specialist domestic violence units have been hit. 

“It’s time for Theresa May to stop looking the other way and take action to urgently address this growing crisis. We need national standards on domestic violence services to ensure victims have access to the support they need.”

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commented 2015-07-19 13:31:53 +0100
As a consequence of cuts to legal aid by the government there is at this time no legal aid in this country.
If you are wrongly accused of a crime you will have no defence and be put under pressure to plead guilty to save costs

Legal aid is being slashed “at random” by the Ministry of Justice, leaving a system where the wrongly accused can be represented by a “pig in a poke” desperate for clients to plead guilty, a leading human rights barrister has said.

Writing for the Huffington Post UK, Francis Fitzgibbon QC warned that any ordinary, law-abiding person could find themselves without access to justice.

Christopher Jefferies, the man wrongly accused of the murder of Joanna Yeates in 2010 has also said he is “dismayed” at the plans to cut legal aid, saying it was denying people access to justice.

A petition on the UK government’s website has more than 47,000 signatures, urging ministers to reconsider.

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