Domestic Homicide Review
A Domestic Homicide Review is when someone aged 16 or over dies as a result of violence, abuse or neglect by a relative, household member or someone they’ve been in an intimate relationship.
The DHR will look at the circumstances that led to the death. This will help professionals understand what happened and what needs to change to reduce the risk of something like this happening again.
Under guidance issued by the Home Office, there is a key role for Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) to liaise with partners and assess the homicide against the prescribed Home Office definition. In Walsall the CSP is the Safer Walsall Partnership. Should the homicide meet the criteria therein, it is the responsibility of the Chair of the CSP to initially trigger the review process and oversee submission of the concluding overview report and progress against its recommendations.
The DHR will be carried out by a panel made up of people from Safer Walsall Partnership, the police, domestic abuse specialist services, health services, fire service, mental health teams and other agencies such as alcohol and drugs teams.
The panel is always led by an independent chair.
It will 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 victims and their children through improved intra- and inter-agency working.
The panel will look at each agency’s involvement in the case. They may speak to family, friends and work colleagues of the victim. They will then make recommendations to improve the response to domestic violence in the future.
The DHR report will not say how the person died or who is to blame. The review will take place in addition to other inquiries, like an inquest or post-mortem.
Multi-agency Statutory Guidance for the Conduct of Domestic Homicide Reviews
Domestic Homicide Review Information Leaflet for Family Members
Domestic Homicide Review Information Leaflet for Friends
Domestic Homicide Review Information for Employers and Colleagues