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Domestic Homicide Reviews

What are Domestic Homicide Reviews?

A Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) is a review of 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 he was related or with whom he was or had been in an intimate personal relationship (an ‘intimate personal relationship’ includes relationships between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality), or
  • A member of the same household as himself, held with a view to identifying the lessons to be learnt from the death.

What is the purpose of a Domestic Homicide Review?

The purpose of a DHR is to:

  • Establish what lessons are to be learned from the domestic homicide regarding the way in which local professionals and organisations work individually and together to safeguard victims
  • Identify clearly what those lessons are, both within and between agencies, how and within what timescales they will be acted on, and what is expected to change as a result
  • Apply these lessons to service responses including changes to policies and procedures as appropriate
  • Prevent domestic violence homicide and improve service responses for all domestic violence and abuse victims and their children through improved intra and inter-agency working.

Domestic Homicide Review Guidance

A duty to undertake Domestic Homicide Reviews was implemented by the Home Office through statutory guidance in April 2011. The ‘Multi-Agency Statutory Guidance for the Conduct of Domestic Homicide Reviews’ was revised in November 2016.

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have produced local guidance, based on the national guidance, which reflects the commitment of statutory and voluntary organisations across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to learning lessons from the tragic deaths of victims of domestic violence and abuse. This is to improve the way in which organisations and practitioners can individually and collectively put in place suitable support mechanisms, procedures, resources and interventions with the aim of avoiding future incidents of domestic homicide and violence.

The local DHR procedures can be found below.

Learning from Domestic Homicide Reviews

As a result of the Domestic Homicide Reviews which have taken place the Home Office has  produced two reports based on the learning identified. The Home Office Reports are available below.

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