A report into a father who shot dead his wife and daughter has said it is “vital” for all professionals to recognise signs of coercive control.
Lance Hart, 57, killed his wife Claire, 50, and daughter Charlotte, 19, before killing himself, in Spalding in 2016.
A council-led domestic homicide review has recommended staff training and a public awareness campaign.
Hart’s sons, Luke and Ryan, said there were “potential opportunities” for GPs and other agencies “to step in”.
Safer Lincolnshire Partnership’s review detailed how Mrs Hart and her three children had been suffering from coercive control abuse by her husband for many years without them realising.
Hart shot the pair with a single-barrel shotgun in a swimming pool car park before turning the weapon on himself.
The murders happened days after Mrs Hart had left the family home following a breakdown in the couple’s marriage.
Hart’s behaviour was not known to professionals or understood by members of his family, the report said.
But health records showed Claire, Charlotte and Lance had a number of illnesses, with Hart having been prescribed anti-depressant drugs.
The review said that Mrs Hart told her GP a month before her death that pain from a facial condition she was suffering from had become worse due to “some marital stress”.
But as she did not “indicate any domestic abuse or fear of domestic abuse”, her GP had not questioned it further.
As a result, the report also recommended health professionals should question patients more about domestic abuse.
“This means it is vital for all professionals to be able to recognise the criminal cases of Coercive and Controlling and respond to them – as the victims themselves may not either see themselves as victims or be physically unable to break free,” the report said.
Coercive control became a criminal offence in 2015.