VIOLENT attacks in the home may not be recorded in the future even if police officers are called.

Currently officers have to fill in a domestic abuse, stalking and honour based violence (Dash) report every time they are sent to an incident.

However the Association of Chief Police Officers launched a trial to reduce bureaucracy where it is left to the discretion of the officer whether to fill one in.

The idea is officers will only fill in forms for incidents considered serious of where there is a pattern of violence.

Julie Clifford, outreach services manager for the Colchester and Tendring Women’s Refuge has serious concerns about this trial especially given Essex Police’s poor record in dealing with domestic violence.

See the full story in Monday's Gazette.