The Supporting Victims Legal Advice Programme hosted by NELC is funded by the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner under the Supporting Victims Fund.
What is the Supporting Victims Legal Advice Programme?
The project provides legal advice and support to vulnerable victims of domestic abuse and crime, which includes:
- advice and information on the options open to a victim of domestic abuse in terms of legal remedies, including prohibitive orders to prevent abuse and/or threat of physical harm
- advice and support for victims with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF, sometimes referred to as 'paperless') to regularise their immigration status, and to obtain access to public support
- support for victims to make credible applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation CICA scheme
- welfare rights issues including refuge, benefits, and employment issues
The project is supported by advisors across our team.
We also run training sessions for local professionals to help them understand more about the legal resolutions that can be sought when there is domestic abuse, which of these can be sought via legal aid, and what happens in court etc. Please contact us for information using this contact form or the details at the bottom of the page.
How can I make a referral into this project?
We work with a range of trusted sector partners in delivering the project, including Victims First Northumbria (VFN). These organisations refer clients to the project based on agreed criteria.
We will always accept direct referrals from vulnerable clients. The project provides a discreet and confidential service, so if you would like to know more, or think we can be of help with your personal situation, please contact us using this contact form or the details at the bottom of the page.