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We believe that an open honest transparent organisation is the best way to show that we really do care. Many victims have experienced a lifetime of controlling abuse and sometimes trusting someone is difficult. Below is a summary of our more recent history and our future plans.
NCDV started as a charity but with no government funding available we decided to change to a private limited company, in 2021 we changed our status to a Community Interest Company.
We supply our services free to the public by charging solicitors for the work we do to compile documents for court applications.
This work would normally take a solicitor four to five hours and we charge them less than it would cost for them to do it themselves – which is cost effective for the solicitors and helps speed up court applications.
Working with our solicitors’ panel we can cover nearly the whole of England, we are actively encouraging more solicitors’ firms to join the panel to create an even larger network of support options.
Our aim is to provide a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic abuse regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation and we will continue to innovate our service to provide this.
The next evolution for NCDV was to find a legal resource for our clients to give them a better and more professional service.
After years of planning the National Legal Service was created with our clients best interests at heart.
Their legal team will directly help victims which means NCDV will be able to offer a more professional, quicker, give a better, faster and fuller service as well as allowing development of additional support services outside of NCDV.
Due to new regulatory advice in 2017, we no longer charged solicitors for the documentation we provide them.
NCDV challenged this decision.
In collaboration with National Legal Service we opened up a host of new opportunities for our staff, many of whom work with NCDV as part of their law degree doing paralegal, casework, training contracts, finance management and much more which will help them progress a legal career.
NCDV changes its status to a Community Interest Company (CIC) with a Not-For-Profit charter.
Our commitment is to invest any profits created back into the domestic abuse sector.
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