Domestic Abuse - Domestic Homicide Review

Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHR) were established on a statutory basis under section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004.  This created an expectation for local areas to undertake a multi-agency review following a domestic violence homicide.  This provision came into force on 13th April 2011.

Last Updated: 2nd March 2021

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 victims and their children through improved intra- and inter-agency working.

DHRs are not inquiries into how the victim died or into who is culpable.  This is for the court or coroner to decide.

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.

Useful documents

Useful documents - Walsall's Domestic Homicide Review

DHR7 - full report

Published February 2021

DHR7 - executive summary

Published February 2021

Get in touch

Safer Walsall Partnership - DHRWalsall@walsall.gov.uk