Domestic Homicide Reviews

Domestic Homicide Reviews became statutory on 13th April 2011. Safe Newcastle has the lead responsibility for conducting reviews for Newcastle.

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 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.

When a domestic homicide occurs, Northumbria Police is required to notify Safe Newcastle in writing. Within one month of receiving notification of a domestic homicide the Chair of Safe Newcastle, in consultation with local partners, has responsibility for initiating a Domestic Homicide Review. 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. 

The purpose of a DHR is to consider 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.

Below are documents which relate to a case marked and referred to as Jane:

Below is the document which relates to a case marked and referred to as Mr A:

Below are documents which relates to a case marked and referred to as Mrs X: