Merseyside Police, Merseyside Probation Trust and partners who sat on three MARACs (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences) - panels set up to protect high-risk victims of domestic abuse - came under fire.
Acting senior coroner Clare Bailey asked DI Allen: "In your experience of 20 years as a DI in domestic violence, chairing the MARAC on March 4 and accepting that if someone is subject to MARAC they're at high risk of domestic violence and there was a restraining order put into protect her from Mr Wratten and the history of domestic violence and she was found dead at his address, you still feel it was not suspicious?
DI Allen rang me but he did not mention the MARAC and if he had I would have done things differently," she said having been asked why Ms Roberts was referred for a standard post-mortem.
South Tyneside held its first MARAC with senior officers and case workers from the police, probation service, children's services, adult services, housing, education and the voluntary support services.
MARAC, which involves representatives from agencies, including police, social services, housing, health and probation, meets every two weeks to consider the most high risk domestic violence cases in the area, and any action which may protect victims and reduce the risk of harm within that family.
IDVA~s are an integral part of the MARAC process, helping to keep victims of domestic abuse safe, supporting them to take action and ultimately working to reduce repeat incidences of domestic abuse and prevent further harm to victims and their families.