Refuge manager moves to assure women about changes to aid

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The manager of one of Sheffield’s women’s refuges has sought to reassure people over cuts to legal aid.

The financial aid could previously be offered in all divorce and custody cases, but is now only available in cases involving domestic violence, forced marriage, or child abduction, and only certain types of evidence will be accepted as proof.

Refuge manager Clare Wiggett said: “There are a number of routes people can go through to obtain the evidence required, such as evidence from a police conviction or a GP, or social services.

“It is more difficult, because a woman would have to already be in touch with certain services, but it is not extremely difficult.

“Please do not think you are stuck in a violent relationship because of the information about legal aid.”