Senior officers at Essex Police have been told they must do more to protect women who suffer at the hands of abusive partners.
The force has already been criticised for failing four murder victims.
In a new report HM Inspectorate of Constabulary says that while improvements have been made there is still a way to go to ensure that future victims of domestic abuse get the protection they deserve.
Luke Farrington reports.
Chief Executive of domestic abuse charity Refuge, Sandra Horley, speaks to ITV News Anglia's Jonathan Wills, following HMIC's report into Essex Police's handling of domestic abuse cases.
A report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary looking at how Essex Police deals with domestic violence has found improvements have been made but more needs to be done.
It follows criticism of the force for its handing of domestic abuse cases, after four domestic abuse murders in the county.
Essex Police says it welcomes the findings and agrees there is still a lot of work to do.
Zoe Billingham is from HMIC.