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
Thematic review of the Essex Police Response
to Incidents Domestic Abuse – April 2009
Full review of Public Protection – October
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
“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
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