Domestic homicide reviews
As part of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act (2004), from April 2011, Community Safety Partnerships have had a statutory responsibility to commission domestic homicide reviews (DHRs).
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What is a domestic homicide review?
A domestic homicide review (DHR) considers the circumstances in which the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by:
- a person to whom they were related or with whom they were or had been in an intimate personal relationship
- or a member of the same household as themself.
To prevent further domestic homicides, the purposes of DHRs are to:
- identify any lessons to be learned about the way in which local practitioners and agencies work to safeguard victims, and identify how agencies will respond to these lessons
- apply those lessons to service responses including changes to policies and procedures as appropriate
- improve intra-agency and inter-agency working to better service responses for all domestic violence victims and their children.
Where the Community Safety Partnership has conducted a review, an executive summary and overview report will be published. The aim is to improve transparency about the processes in place across all agencies to protect victims of domestic violence and abuse.