Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) came into effect on 13 April 2011 and were established on a statutory basis under Section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act (2004). Community Safety Partnerships are responsible for establishing DHRs where the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by a relative, a member of the same household or someone with whom they were in an intimate personal relationship with.
The purpose of a DHR is to;
a) 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;
b) 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;
c) apply these lessons to service responses, including changes to inform national and local policies and procedures as appropriate;
d) prevent domestic violence and homicide and improve service responses for all domestic violence and abuse victims and their children by developing a co-ordinated multi-agency approach to ensure that domestic abuse is identified and responded to effectively at the earliest opportunity
The purpose of a DHR is not to examine why someone died or who is to blame and is not part of any disciplinary process. They do not replace, but are in addition to, an inquest and any other form of enquiry into a homicide.
Once a DHR has been completed and approval received from the Home Office quality assurance panel, the overview report and executive summary will be anonymised and made publicly available.