Domestic abuse – Access to justice report on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women, domestic abuse and access to legal aid

Corporate author: The Legal Services Commission

Publication date: January 2009

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Each year, the Legal Services Commission (LSC) helps around 20,000 survivors of domestic abuse, notably women, to access legal services at the earliest opportunity.  Survivors of domestic abuse often have a number of interrelated problems relating to children, divorce, housing or debt, which can further complicate their efforts to access legal services and to secure the assistance that they need. Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic group (BAME) women will share many of these interrelated problems, but are also likely to face additional difficulties. BAME domestic abuse survivors are one and a half times less likely to seek statutory services.  The ultimate aim of this consultation was to influence proposed legal aid reforms and gather ideas to improve access to legal aid and access to information.