Responding to the HMIC report published today into Essex police's treatment of cases of domestic abuse, Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary, said:
“Too often, across the country, the police response to domestic violence is inconsistent and fragmented, leading to tragic cases, and subsequent inquiries, like those in Essex.
“It is important that Essex Police are working to improve their approach to tackling domestic violence. However, across the country much more needs to be done.
"We need proper national standards to be set to protect victims of domestic violence that all police forces, councils and local organisations should be expected to meet. Two women a week are killed by violent and abusive partners in this country and much more needs to be done.
“The Government, not just the police, should be doing more to make sure these standards are set and met. Both the Government and police forces must also demonstrate that they are improving safety and protection for victims, not reducing it for example because of other pressures or the scale of cuts."