Rights of Women (ROW) promotes the legal rights of women throughout England and Wales, with a particular focus on disadvantaged and vulnerable women that have experienced sexual and/ or domestic violence. The ATJF awarded £5000 to ROW in order to assist them in making a film that would aid women survivors of domestic violence to access justice. The film would help these women navigate the family law legal system, in particular those that are unable to access legal representation due to cuts in legal aid. The film is now being circulated by the Ministry of Justice as well as women’s organisations and VAWG specialists from the Crown Prosecution Service VAWG Expert Reference Group.
The Foundation awarded Vauxhall Community Law Centre a grant of £8,000. The Centre offers advice on many different legal issues, including employment disputes. This guidance was invaluable for local Vauxhall resident, Mrs D, who sought the support of the Law Centre in order to challenge a medical assessment by the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Following the assessment, she was found to be fit for work despite suffering from depression, heart problems and osteoarthritis. In between lodging her appeal and the hearing, Mrs D became so ill that she was put in intensive care. The Centre helped her appeal the decision and represented her at the hearing. She was then awarded the higher rate of the mobility component and the middle rate of the core component of DLA.
The Access to Justice Foundation, PO Box 64162, London WC2A 9AN. DX 234 London Chancery Lane. The Access to Justice Foundation is a company limited by guarantee (No. 6714178) and a registered charity (No. 1126147). Registered office: The National Pro Bono Centre, 48 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1JF.
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