source: The Guardian
published: 6 February 2015

A woman whose mother and sister were murdered by the mother’s partner last year is backing calls for a public inquiry into the police and state response to domestic violence.

Christine Lee, 66, and Lucy Lee, 40, were shot dead by John Lowe, 82, at his puppy farm in Surrey last February. In October Lowe was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison.

Almost a year on from the killings, Stacy Banner said time had not healed her grief and it was essential for a public inquiry to be mounted to examine systemic failings by the authorities in the way domestic violence is dealt with.

Two women a week die in domestic violence homicides in England and Wales, and last year police were heavily criticised in a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary which said many forces still treated it as a second-class crime.

The domestic violence charity Refuge is set to publish a list of names of women who have died in a context of domestic violence from 2010 to 2013, and it is renewing its call for a public inquiry into domestic violence.

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