“Why didn’t the school and social workers and police join up the dots?” said Clements. “If they had, Laura and Ella might still be here.”
Another day, another 'Why didn't the State do what my daughter should have done about her abusive relationship?' paen in the 'Guardian'...
The family say an opportunity was lost on Boxing Day, 2014.
A big one, at that:
Ella and her mother, who was in a distressed state, had run to a neighbour. Mortimer said Boon had punched her in the face, but subsequently changed her story and refused to press charges.
A social worker saw Boon as a high risk. She called the school, but didn’t explain why she was making inquiries. In April, the case was closed.
Mortimer could have been given more support – although she have may decided then that remaining in the relationship was safer.
The Home Office has now provided funding for a DHR repository alongside which the Domestic Abuse Commissioner’s office is developing a national oversight mechanism, which could come into operation this year.
“I believe that this new mechanism can help prevent future tragedies,” said Jacobs.
It won't, while women refuse to take the help offered.