Domestic Homicide Reviews 

Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) were established on a statutory basis under section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 and came into force on 13 April 2011.

Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) are responsible for undertaking 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, household member or someone he or she has been in an intimate relationship with.

A review panel, led by an Independent Chair and consisting of representatives from statutory and voluntary agencies is commissioned to undertake the DHR. The panel reviews each agency's involvement in the case and makes recommendations to improve responses in the future. The panel will also consider information from the victim's family, friends and work colleagues.

DHRs are not enquiries into how someone died or who is to blame nor do they form part of a disciplinary process. They do not replace, but are in addition to, an inquest and any other form of enquiry into a homicide.

The purpose of DHRs is to consider the circumstances that led to the death and to identify where responses to the situation could be improved in the future. Lessons learned from the reviews will help agencies to improve their response to domestic abuse and to work better together to prevent such tragedies from occurring again.

The Home Office has published Statutory Guidance (pdf, 149kb) (opens in a new window) on how to complete DHRs.

The Home Office has also published a report on Common Themes Identified as Lessons to be Learned (opens in new window) from DHRs

Published Reviews

North Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership has published the Overview and Executive Reports for the domestic homicide reviews conducted.

DHR Adult A

Following the death of adult A on 5 June 2014, the North Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership commissioned a domestic homicide review reviewing the circumstances surrounding his death.

The review was undertaken to examine the role of the agencies involved with adult A and adult B, with a view to learning lessons from the case and to alter practice where needed in order to prevent future similar tragedies occurring. It is carried out in accordance with the Home Office guidance and section 9 (3) of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004.

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 Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership to publish the Domestic Homicide Review Executive Summary and Overview Report. This report has been authorised for publication by the Home Office Quality Assurance (QA) Panel.

Adult A Executive Summary June 2014 (opens in new window)

Adult A Overview Report June 2014 (opens in new window)