Domestic violence progress for police

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Police chiefs have been commended for improving the way they deal with domestic abuse following ‘profound mistakes’ in two high-profile cases.

A review had been recommended by the Independent Police Complaints Commission following the deaths of Casey Brittle and Denise Skilbeck, who were both murdered by their partners.

The force has now been praised for its ‘strong leadership’ and the ‘passion and drive’ shown by officers and staff in tackling the issue .

The Police Authority’s Domestic Abuse Scrutiny Committee carried out a six-month review before presenting its findings on Monday.

Supt Helen Chamberlain said: “Domestic violence and abuse remains the force’s top priority and I am delighted that the report has acknowledged the significant improvements we have made in tackling and preventing the problem.

“The force is guilty of making profound mistakes in the past when dealing with victims of domestic violence and we are determined to do all we can to ensure the same mistakes are not repeated.”

The committee outlined a number of improvements that should still be made in the fight against domestic abuse.