Responding to reports that thousands of domestic violence victims abandon cases after being denied legal aid, Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey commented:
“The Conservatives pledged to expand access to legal aid in cases of domestic violence, but have failed to make good on this promise, and continue to let down thousands of highly vulnerable victims.
“The Prime Minister’s talk on tackling domestic violence amounts to nothing if she and her Government continue to ignore the evidence from authoritative reports like this.
“Vulnerable individuals attempting to escape an abuser must be granted financial support. Means-testing domestic violence victims might be saving the Treasury money, but it is ruining lives, and allowing abusers to continue to control their victims.”