Domestic homicide reviews

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 Adults Act (2004).
 

The North Yorkshire Community Safety Partnership has the responsibility for establishing domestic homicide reviews within North Yorkshire, in conjunction with the appropriate Local Delivery Team (formally the district Community Safety Partnerships).
 

Definition and Purpose

A 'Domestic Homicide Review' refers to 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 whom he/she was related or had been in an intimate personal relationship, or
  • a member of the same household


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 those 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.


The aim in publishing these reviews is to restore public confidence and improve transparency of the processes in place, across all agencies, to protect victims.


The QA Panel felt that this review was thorough and noted the good work done to provide some Individual Management Review training at the beginning of the review for participants in the DHR Process


Following the completion of a domestic homicide review and approval from the Home Office Quality Assurance Panel; North Yorkshire Community Safety Partnership, in conjunction with Scarborough Local Delivery Team, are required to publish the anonymised executive summary and action plans.

 

Published Reviews

North Yorkshire Community Safety Partnership has published the Executive Report for the following domestic homicide reviews conducted in North Yorkshire.
 

In the time since the review commenced many of the actions identified in the report have been progressed by individual agencies and the Partnership.
 

In line with the Home Office guidance (April 2011, revised August 2013), the decision has been made locally by the North Yorkshire Community Safety Partnership to publish the Domestic Homicide Review Executive Summary. This report has been authorised for publication by the Home Office Quality Assurance Panel.
 

The letter of approval stated;
"The QA Panel felt that this review was thorough and noted the good work done to provide some Individual Management Review training at the beginning of the review for participants in the DHR Process."
 

The Executive Report is available to download from the right hand side of this page.
 

For further information please contact:
 

Lesley Dale, Corporate Development Officer, North Yorkshire County Council. lesley.dale@northyorks.gov.uk

Sandra Rees, Community Safety & Safeguarding Manager, Scarborough Borough Council. Sandra.rees@scarborough.gov.uk