Responding to the conviction of wife killer Ivan Esack Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of national domestic violence charity Refuge, said:
“Kent police were made aware of Ivan Esack’s threatening behaviour on four separate occasions before he killed his wife.
"Natalie did not want to press charges, but any police officer who has received proper training in domestic violence should know that victims of abuse are frequently bullied into withdrawing statements or refusing to press charges.
"The onus is on the police to pursue an investigation.
"Failure to do so can mean that dangerous men are left free to kill.
"Natalie’s case is, sadly, not an isolated one.
"Until the police, and other agencies, improve their response to victims of domestic violence, this horrific figure will not change."