Domestic Homicide Reviews

A Domestic Homicide Review (DHRs) came into effect on 13 April 2011. They were established on a statutory basis under Section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Adults Act (2004)

Overall responsibility for establishing a Domestic Homicide Review rests with the Wakefield District Community Safety Partnership, where the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by a person they were related to, or had been in an intimate personal relationship with, or a member of the same household.

Purpose of a Domestic Homicide Review

The purpose of DHRs 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 those lessons to service responses including changes to policies and procedures as appropriate
  • Prevent domestic violence homicide and improve service responses for all domestic violence.

DHRs are not enquiries into how someone died or who is to blame nor do they form part of a disciplinary process. They do not replace, but are in addition to, an inquest and any other form of enquiry into a homicide.

How we publish our reviews

We create an overview report, executive summary and action plan for each domestic homicide review which must be published. These reports set out the context in which a domestic abuse related death occurs and makes recommendations for services to improve practice. Each summary domestic homicide review is published on this page. 

We remove domestic homicide reviews from this site after two years. 

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