On a daily basis, we struggle to obtain access to high quality legal aided advice and representation for our users due to drastic legal aid changes that have taken place, in particular, since April 2013 following the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act (2012.) We have also been negatively impacted by the increasing shortage of good quality legal aid lawyers which means that women increasingly have to represent themselves in legal proceedings or give up taking legal action or turn to community and religious arbitration systems that heighten their risk to further harm. Our campaigns on access to justice highlight the need for fair and equal access to advice and representation as well as services that help people uphold their legal rights, hold the state to account, and achieve fair outcomes.

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