Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) came into effect on 13 April 2011. They were established on a statutory basis under Section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act (2004). The Home Office has published guidance on when and how to conduct a Domestic Homicide Review; the latest guidance can be found via the GOV.UK link on the right.
Islington Community Safety Partnership has the responsibility for establishing domestic homicide reviews within Islington.
Definition and Purpose
A “domestic homicide review” means 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,
a member of the same household as himself
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; and
Prevent domestic violence homicide and improve service responses for all domestic violence victims and their children through improved intra and inter-agency working.
It should be noted that DHRs are not inquiries into how the victim died or into who is to blame for their death; neither are DHRs specifically part of any disciplinary enquiry or process.
Family members, friends and colleagues of the victim are important to the DHR process. The independent chair will aim to make contact with friends and family, to enable them to inform the review and build a complete view of the victim.
Following the completion of a domestic homicide review and approval from the Home Office Quality Assurance Panel, Islington Community Safety Partnership are required to publish the anonymised executive summary and action plans.
Completed reviews are published below.