Police boss in call to scrap ‘abuse fee’
CHESHIRE’S police boss has joined a campaign to scrap the fee charged to domestic abuse victims seeking legal aid.
Due to recent legislation changes, domestic abuse victims now have to apply for legal aid.
But to qualify for support, they need to provide specific evidence to prove that they have been subjected to such abuse. One of the accepted forms of evidence is a letter from a GP – which some charge for. Now 16 Police and Crime Commissioners, including Cheshire’s David Keane, have added their names to a letter to Health Minister Jeremy Hunt and Justice Secretary Liz Truss calling for the fee to be scrapped.
PCC Keane said: “It is essential that victims of domestic abuse are given the confidence to report the abuse they are suffering and are able to access the support and help they need to not only cope and recover, but also get justice.
“There should be no unnecessary barriers for victims to overcome. Therefore, I join my colleagues across the country in making the call to scrap the fee.”
The ‘scrap the fee’ campaign was launched by deputy Labour leader Tom Watson.
Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane