Domestic homicide reviews

What is a domestic homicide review?

The Domestic Homicide Review considers the circumstances in which the death of a person aged 16+ has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by:

  • a person to whom he or she was related
  • a person with whom he or she was or had been in an intimate personal relationship
  • a member of their household

Who is responsible for undertaking domestic homicide reviews?

All community safety partnerships are required to undertake a homicide review in respect of all domestic homicides where local agencies have been involved with the family.

What’s the purpose of a domestic homicide review?

The aim of the review is for all agencies involved to identify what lessons there are to learn about the way local professionals and organisations work individually and together to safeguard victims.

They are not reviews of the police investigation, coroner’s hearing, or any internal disciplinary. They are not intended to apportion blame.

Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership

Community Safety Partnerships are responsible for commissioning Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHR) under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004. These are independently chaired and a full report is sent to the Home Office. Executive summaries of the latest DHRs, and the Action Plan are available.