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Welcome to the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV), where we provide crucial support to victims of domestic abuse across England. Our primary focus is on offering legal protection through court orders to those in need.
We invite law firms to join our panel in areas where our current coverage does not adequately meet the demand for our services. NCDV operates independently without government funding or donations. Instead, we generate our own income by offering solicitors an optional document drafting service. We take great pride in the quality of our work and our commitment to providing exceptional service enables us to support vulnerable victims regardless of their financial position.
Last year alone, we supported over 5000 victims who were unable to afford legal aid or a solicitor, ensuring they obtained a protective injunction. No other organization provided this volume of support for free. Our dedication to our clients is reflected in our core principle, which can be summed up in a single phrase: “Every Client Matters.” This principle guides every aspect of our work and underscores our commitment to not letting down our vulnerable clients.
While we value our income stream as it sustains our organisation, we also care about fulfilling our responsibilities to our clients, referrers, employees, solicitors’ panel, the police, and the courts. Our financial obligations, including taxes and creditors, necessitate running our organisation in a business-minded manner. We maintain a team of dedicated individuals such as Managers, Directors, HR personnel, Supervisors, Investors, fee earners, helpline advisers, admin staff, accountants, and many more. We invest in talented individuals who contribute to our ability to provide exceptional care to those we serve.
At NCDV, we continuously strive to deliver the best care possible within the resources available to us. For us, it is a matter of ensuring that “Every Client Matters.” When solicitors join our panel, we seek individuals who are hardworking, compassionate, compliant with all regulations, preferably possessing specialized skills in domestic abuse and violence, and with experience in assisting vulnerable people. Most importantly, we look for individuals who understand and align with our mission and values.
To facilitate mutual understanding, we have developed a comprehensive questionnaire for solicitors interested in joining our panel. This questionnaire allows us to learn more about you and your business, building the necessary trust to entrust our clients’ well-being into your hands. Additionally, we invite you, as part of our application process, to meet with me over Zoom so you can gain a thorough understanding of how NCDV operates and the unwavering dedication we have for each and every client.
For more information about the arrangements for legal aid firms to be on an NCDV panel, please download the statement issued by the Legal Aid Agency via the link provided at the bottom of this page.
To begin the application process, please download and complete the application form below. Once received, I will be in touch to discuss further arrangements.
Should you have any questions or require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Every client matters.
National Centre for Domestic Violence
Chief Executive Officer
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