“Merits” – the scope of legal aid
In order to be eligible for family legal aid, there must be evidence that either you or a relevant child has suffered or is at risk of suffering harm from either domestic abuse, or child abuse. The opponent against whom you seek to take action against must be the perpetrator of this abuse. There are a number of ways in which this can be proved to the satisfaction of the Legal Aid Agency, including the existence of a criminal conviction or police caution.
You do not need to provide this evidence of domestic abuse to obtain legal aid for immediate emergency protection from a violent or abusive partner.