Women’s Aid responds to an independent inquiry that reveals the police “missed opportunities” to catch double killer, Robert Trigg


Friday 9th February 2018


Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:


“It should not have taken two women being murdered for the killer to finally be held to account and for the victims’ families to obtain justice. This independent inquiry has revealed that the police failed to identify Robert Trigg’s history of domestic abuse and recognise that this crime is one of the root causes of ‘femicide’ – the killing of women by men.

“Last year 113 women were killed by men in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, 78 of which were killed by a current or former partner; yet less than two thirds of perpetrators were found guilty of murder. The Femicide Census, a ground-breaking partnership project between Women’s Aid and Karen Ingala Smith, reveals that these killings are not isolated incidents but part of a repeated pattern of male violence against women. Femicide must be recognised, understood and responded to effectively by the police to better prevent and reduce these murders.

“On far too many occasions, the police and other statutory agencies have missed the warning signs. It is therefore absolutely vital that all police staff receive compulsory, comprehensive and ongoing specialist training to ensure that they understand the dynamics of domestic abuse, especially coercive control, and the root causes of fatal male violence against women: misogyny and women’s inequality. Only by identifying the patterns and better understanding the root causes of fatal male violence against women can we ultimately prevent the killing of women by men.”


Read the BBC’s report on the findings from the independent inquiry online.


For further information, please contact  the Women’s Aid’s press office on: [email protected] / 020 7566 2511

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