Domestic Homicide Reviews

If you have lost a family member through domestic violence, information, advice and support can be provided by AAFDA www.aafda.org.uk

Reviews carried out to date by Safe Newcastle

Copies of Home Office quality assured overview reports for Newcastle can be found here

 

What is a Domestic Homicide Review?

A Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) 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) a person to whom he/she was related to or with whom he/she was or had been in an intimate personal relationship) or,

(b) a member of the same household as her/himself.

Domestic Homicide Reviews became statutory on 13th April 2011.

Safe Newcastle has the leading responsibility for conducting reviews for Newcastle.

What happens in a DHR?

When a domestic homicide occurs, Northumbria Police notifies Safe Newcastle in writing. In addition, any professional or agency may also refer a homicide to Safe Newcastle in writing, if it is believed that there are important inter-agency lessons to be learned.

Within one month of receiving notification, the Chair of Safe Newcastle in consultation with local partners, is responsible for initiating the review. 

DHRs look at the circumstances that led to the domestic violence homicide, so that public bodies, and relevant community and voluntary sector organisations can identify where responses to the situation could have been improved.

DHRs do not seek to lay blame but to consider what happened and what could have been done differently.

DHRs do not replace but exist in addition to any inquest or other form of inquiry into the homicide.

Family and friends can also contribute to the review and share information about the victim and perpetrator, which they feel is relevant to inform professionals learning and improve services.

After the review process has been completed, an Overview Report is sent to the Home Office for quality assurance.  Copies of Home Office quality assured overview reports for Newcastle can be found here

 

Domestic Homicide Reviews – Information for Families

If you have lost a family member through domestic violence information, advice and support can be provided by AAFDA Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse

http://aafda.org.uk/

AAFDA is available to help and guide family and friends during the Review process and after the Review has been completed.  They can support you to ensure your voice is heard during the review process even if you do not want to speak directly to the review team. 

Further information on the service they provide can be found on their website