Join us in marking 5 years since Maria Stubbings’ death

Call for a public inquiry into the response of the police and other state agencies to women and children experiencing domestic violence.

 

Maria Stubbings

Five years ago this week, Maria Stubbings was murdered by her ex-partner Marc Chivers.

 

We don’t know exactly when Maria was killed, because in the last days of her life, she was badly let down by Essex Police. Click here to see a timeline of events.

Two days before Maria’s body was found, a police officer was instructed to check on her at home – but failed to do so.  The next day, officers visited Maria’s home again.  Chivers – already known to the police for killing another woman – answered the door and told them that Maria had gone away to stay with friends.  The officers took him at his word and left a calling card.  Maria’s car was parked on the driveway.

The next day – the 19th December – officers visited Maria’s home once more.  After searching the house, they found her body under a pile of coats in the downstairs bathroom.

Essex Police didn’t just make mistakes in the final days of Maria’s life.  They failed her repeatedly in the weeks and months leading up to her death.

Manuel Fernandez, Celia Peachey, and Bengi Stubbings, family of Maria Stubbings

Maria’s death is a horrific tragedy – but it is not a one-off.  Every week two women are killed by current or former partners. Since Maria’s death five years ago, we estimate 460 women have been killed by a current or former partner.

In too many of these cases, women are failed by the police and other state agencies.

Enough is enough.  It is an outrage that so many women and children are still not getting the protection they deserve.

That’s why we are calling for a public inquiry into the response of the police and other state agencies to women and children experiencing domestic violence.

Please join us by signing our petition – in memory of Maria and all the other women killed by their current or former partners since her: http://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/maria

 

Click here to tweet about the petition and click here to share it on Facebook. Use the hashtag #5yearssinceMaria to join us this week in calling for change.