Domestic abuse action plan
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) undertook a national inspection of the police’s response to domestic abuse in 2013 / 2014. The report – “Everyone’s Business: Improving the Response to Domestic Abuse”- highlighted a series of both national and local recommendations for each force to progress and publish as part of the Domestic Abuse Action Plan.
Essex Police published its original Domestic Abuse action plan for 2014/15. Progress against this plan has been substantial, with 24 out of the 26 actions completed. The two remaining actions are progressing, as programmes of work within the Protecting Vulnerable People Improvement Board (PVPIB) and through the Transform programme.
Essex Police has now refreshed its Domestic Abuse action plan for 2016/17, setting out how it intends to improve its response to domestic abuse.
Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: "Dealing effectively with domestic abuse can and does save lives and frees victims from a life of torment.
"The force is continuing to work with our partners to share information and improve the all-round support we give to domestic abuse victims.
"We are speaking to victims and survivors of domestic abuse to help shape the way we deal with this abhorrent crime and make sure that their needs are at the heart of what we do.
"I am determined to make sure that we do all that we can to tackle this problem and that the response we provide is as comprehensive as possible.”