Following a report into the failings of Essex Police in dealing with domestic violence the HMIC have published a series of recommendations.
A woman who was almost killed by her partner in a hammer attack has joined Merseyside Police's domestic violence campaign.
Victims of domestic violence and abuse aged 16 and 17 will be recognised as victims under Government plans.
Polly Neate, chief executive if Women's Aid has welcomed the CPS figures on rates of conviction for cases of violence against women and girls, but stressed too few cases reach the stage of prosecution.
We welcome the increase in conviction rates for domestic and sexual violence in the past twelve months, and feel it reflects the increasing seriousness with which the CPS is addressing violence against women and girls.
There is evidence of a real commitment to improving the policies and responses of the CPS at a senior level and significant advancements have been made. However, still too few cases reach prosecution.
Effective prosecution is essential to sending a strong message to perpetrators that domestic violence is never acceptable, and helps to build confidence in the judicial system.
The Crown Prosecution Service has achieved its highest ever rape and domestic violence conviction rates, new data shows.
- 63.2% of rape prosecutions resulted in conviction (up from 62.
- 74.3% of domestic violence prosecutions resulted in conviction (up from 62.5% last year)
- 75.1% of child abuse prosecutions resulted in conviction (up from 74.3%
The figures are based on cases when the crime is handed from police to the CPS,
The number of men accused of rape who are then charged with the crime has increased from 42.1% to 47.2%, the CPS revealed.
The number of convictions for cases of violence against woman has increased to record levels for the second year running, new research by the Crime Prosecutions Service (CPS) reveals.
Overall this year, three out of four cases resulted in a conviction. Conviction rates also went up in cases of domestic violence, rape and other sexual offences, forced marriage, honour based violence, child abuse and human trafficking, according to the CPS.
Detective Superintendent Phil Owen of Greater Manchester Police said he is "very pleased" with the results of the Clare's Law scheme.
Speaking to Daybreak he said: "It's really important that we do learn those lessons.
"The domestic violence disclosure scheme I think is real evidence that we've listened to Clare's father, we've listened too various different organisations and from September last year we've given disclosure in over 50 cases."
Hazel Blears, the Labour MP for Salford and Eccles said she campaigned for Clare's Law because it could have "empowered [Clare] to end the relationship at an early stage".
Today Greater Manchester Police said a number of women had taken advantage of the scheme in its first year.
Ms Blears said: "I'm told that women in Salford who have used the scheme have been glad they did - and I am pleased to see more is being done to publicise it.
"If that results in more women knowing they can use Clare's Law to reduce the risk of becoming long-term victims of domestic abuse then it will have been well worthwhile."
Detective Superintendent Phil Owen from Greater Manchester Police's Public Protection Division has welcomed "any initiative that helps to protect victims of domestic abuse" to prevent further crime.
However, for an area as large and diverse as Greater Manchester we would have liked to have seen a greater take up either from those in a relationship or from friends, relatives or neighbours concerned about the possible risk posed to somebody they care about.
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare's Law) is a preventative measure and enables potential victims to take control of their life and make an informed decision about whether to stay with somebody or not. It may be that somebody is in a relationship but isn't happy about some of the behaviour of their partner. If warning bells are ringing, then these are the types of people we want to hear from.
Sixty five people have applied for a disclosure about a boyfriend or an individual who was in a relationship with someone they knew, Greater Manchester Police said.
- A further 25 applications were submitted by agencies where it was felt somebody might be at risk
- Fifty three disclosures were granted on application
- In other cases the partner did not have a record of violent offences, or there was no information that a risk was present
Women in Manchester have made use of Clare's Law to check if they are at risk of domestic violence from a partner, police have announced.
Introduced last September, the year-long pilot scheme was introduced in Greater Manchester, Gwent, Wiltshire and Nottingham.
The Law was named after Clare Wood, 36, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton at her home in Salford in February 2009.
The mother-of-one had met him on Facebook, unaware of his history of violence against women including the knifepoint kidnapping of another ex-girlfriend.
Maria Stubbings, of Chelmsford in Essex, was strangled with a dog lead in 2008 by Marc Chivers, who had already killed a previous girlfriend.
Her brother Manuel Fernandez has told ITV Daybreak that the family have been calling for a public inquiry.
He said: "This highlights issues around domestic violence with one police force but it's actually a national problem."