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Internal reviews into domestic abuse released

Essex Police Chief Constable, Stephen Kavanagh, has approved the release of three internal reviews into domestic abuse incidents that have been carried out since the murder of Maria Stubbings in 2008.

Mr Kavanagh has taken the decision to issue the reports in the wake of the publication this week of the second IPCC report into Ms Stubbings’ death.

He said: “We had received an FOI request from BBC Essex for these reports and there are exemption clauses which could have been considered to prevent their publication.

“But having read the IPCC report into Maria Stubbings death and spoken to the media this week I believe that, in the interests of transparency, we should make as much detail as we can available.

“These reviews were given to the IPCC as part of their enquiries into Essex Police following the murders of Christine and Shania Chambers and the review findings were represented in their final report.”

The three reports published are can be found here. They are:

Thematic review of the Essex Police Response to Incidents Domestic Abuse – April 2009

Full review of Public Protection – October 2009

Public Protection Review – April 2011

All three of the reports were compiled after the death of Maria Stubbings in December 2008 but before the murders of Christine and Shania Chambers in June 2011 and Jeanette Goodwin in July 2011.

Mr Kavanagh said: “The force has accepted that its response in the past to domestic abuse incidents has lacked consistency and there have been organisational failings.

“Much has changed since these tragic deaths and we have taken on board the recommendations of the IPCC reports; many are already in place and work continues to improve the consistency and co-ordination of our response to domestic abuse.

“There is much being done, both internally, and externally with partners to combat domestic abuse in Essex. It is one of the biggest challenges we face – every day we deal with an average of 80 incidents, each one complex.

“Essex Police rightly dedicate significant resources to tackling this issue and our commitment to meeting this demand and keeping vulnerable people safe is unequivocal.

“We are committed to helping victims of domestic abuse and we would urge anyone suffering at the hands of a violent offender to contact us immediately. Our pledge is this: ‘We will listen to you and we will help you’.”



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