We understand that leaving an abusive relationship is extremely difficult and that many people need support along the way.
Flag DV is a charity that helps people experiencing domestic abuse or violence from their partners, ex-partners or family members to access specialist advice and support. We do this by signposting people to support organisations and, when they are ready to consider taking legal action, we offer a free legal advice appointment with a volunteer solicitor, legal executive or barrister who specialises in Family Law.
We operate in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire and support anyone over the age of 18 regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or religion.
Service users will usually be offered a telephone appointment for their free legal advice session, however we understand that this may not be accessible for everyone and will try to arrange a convenient face to face appointment as required.
As our solicitors/legal advisors specialise in Family Law the areas typically discussed includes:
- Divorce or separation
- Child custody, residency and arrangements including contact with a child in care
- Advice about the legal aid process and application
- Advice regarding non-molestation orders, occupational orders, forced marriage protection orders (please note this is advice only, we are unable to arrange these orders on your behalf)
- Financial matters such as maintenance, division of assets
- General court proceedings understanding
The solicitors, legal executives or barristers provide their time for free and Flag DV makes no charge for these clinic appointments. They will have knowledge and experience in Family Law including domestic violence or abuse. The advice clinic is designed to help give users of the service clarity on what they can do, and how to do it, so that they can move out of the abuse in a safe way.
Who We Are
Free Legal Advice Group for Domestic Violence (FLAG DV) is a charity (CIO 1154070) which was set up in October 2012 and registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in October 2013. The organisation was established to to fill the gap left by the reduction in Legal Aid services.
We have 7 Trustees who oversee the governance of FLAG DV and a small team of paid staff.
How We Are Funded
Securing funding for the Flag DV service is a collaborative process between our staff, volunteers and our partners.
We submit applications to trusts and grant providers who may be offering anywhere between £300-£30,000+. Awarding bodies will usually have specific eligibility criteria that applicants must demonstrate but even in circumstances where we meet these essential qualities our applications are not always successful. The bid application process can be long, requiring several stages of information gathering therefore we must fundraise in other ways to secure the charity’s future operations.
In recent years smaller fundraising strategies have included Flag DV awareness events, participation in national events such as the Great Legal Bake Off & Legal Walks, sponsorship from local businesses, prize raffles and most recently the West Berkshire Lottery. Our volunteers and trustees donate their time to these tasks for free and without them we could not continue to offer the service we do.
In Immediate Danger
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
0808 2000 247