VICTIMS of domestic violence in Essex are getting a much better service today, but improvement is still needed.

The force has been heavily criticised for failing some of the most vulnerable members of society, including three women beaten and murdered by their partners, in recent years.

However, a new report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary praised the force for its progress during the past 12 months.

Read the full story in today's Gazette.