A Domestic Homicide Review 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 person to whom they were related or with whom they were or had been in an intimate personal relationship, or
a member of the same household as themselves, held with a view to identifying the lessons to be learnt from the death.
The purpose of a Domestic Homicide Review 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 these lessons to service responses including changes to policies and procedures as appropriate
prevent domestic violence and abuse homicide and improve service responses for all domestic violence and abuse victims and their children through improved intra and inter-agency working
Domestic Homicide Reviews are part of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 and became law from 13th April 2011. They do not replace but will be in addition to the inquest or any other form of inquiry.