The purpose of a domestic homicide review is to consider the circumstances that led to the death and identify where responses to the situation could be improved in the future. In so doing, the lessons learned will be taken on board by the professionals and agencies involved, such as the police, social services, councils, and other community based organisations.

A review panel, lead by an independent chair, is commissioned to undertake the Domestic Homicide Review and a panel overseeing the review is made up of members of local statutory and voluntary agencies. This panel will review each agency’s review of their involvement in the case and consider recommendations to improve responses to domestic violence in the future. They will also have the chance to hear from family, friends and work colleagues who may be able to help us understand the impact of agency’s involvement with the victim or the perpetrator.

Domestic Homicide Reviews are not inquiries into how someone died or who is to blame. They are not part of any disciplinary process. They do not replace, but will be in addition to, an inquest or any other form of inquiry into the homicide. In this way, agencies will improve their responses to domestic violence and work better together to prevent such tragedies occurring in the future. We will publish the reports and findings of these reviews on this website as they become available.

Most recent Domestic Homicide Review                          Archived Domestic Homicide Review


Home Office Guidance and leaflets


Download PDF File Multi-agency Statutory Guidance - conduct of DHR (pdf)


Download PDF File DHR - Equality Impact Assessment (pdf)


Download PDF File Home Office DHR Quality Assurance Panel -Terms of reference (pdf)


Download PDF File Home Office DHR - Quality Assurance Panel Criteria (pdf)


Download PDF File DHR - Lessons Learned; Common themes (pdf)


Download PDF File DHR - Leaflet for family members (pdf)


Download PDF File DHR - Leaflet for friends (pdf)


Download PDF File DHR - Leaflet for employers and colleagues (pdf)



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