Essex Police's Approach to Managing Cases of Domestic Abuse
In 2013, HMIC inspected the effectiveness of Essex Police’s response to criticisms following four domestic murders that took place in the county between 2008 and 2011.
Since 2011, Essex Police has taken some important steps to improve the way in which it deals with cases of domestic abuse. We found that the force has established good governance arrangements in relation to the investigation of domestic abuse incidents. The focus is very much on ensuring that risk assessments are completed in a timely fashion, and that no backlogs develop in the processing of cases.
However, there is less emphasis on the overall quality of service provided to individual victims of domestic abuse. More needs to be done to ensure staff fully understand that taking a victim-focused approach to cases of domestic abuse is a critical aspect of homicide prevention.