ACPO lead on domestic abuse Chief Constable Carmel Napier said:
"On average two women a week and one man every seventeen days are murdered by their current or former partner. This is too high. The police service has committed significant resources and taken action to try to reduce this number as well as protecting people who face abuse of any form at the hands of a partner or family member. This has had a positive impact with a 65 per cent increase in the volume of domestic abuse prosecutions from 2005/6 to 2011/12 and a corresponding 99 per cent increase in the volume of defendants convicted.
"There is more for all agencies to do protect people from this harm; we are analysing our performance and taking on learning to continue to improve."