When someone has been killed as a result of domestic abuse (domestic homicide) a review into the help and support they may have received from the Council, Police and other agencies should be carried out.
What happens when someone is killed as a result of domestic violence?
Professionals involved in the case must review what happened so that they can identify what may need to be changed to reduce the risk of it happening again in the future.
The Home Office has published guidance on when a domestic homicide review needs to be carried out and how to do this.
Domestic homicide reviews are not enquiries into how the victim died or into who is responsible. The purpose of a Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) is to understand where there are lessons to be learned and make recommendations to prevent future homicides.
Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHR) are carried out at the request of the Chair of the Safer K&C Partnership, based on advice provided by the Home Office and following consultation with the Safer K&C Partnership. If it is decided to carry out a DHR an independent chair will be appointed who will carry out the investigation, with any support needed provided by the Council. The final report will be provided to the Home Office and where appropriate any findings and recommendations will be published.
Family members, friends and colleagues of the victim are important to the DHR process. The independent chair will aim to make contact with friends and family, to enable them to inform the review and build a complete view of the circumstances leading up to the homicide.
The Home Office are informed of any decision to carry out or to not carry out a DHR and the secretary of State can direct that a DHR is carried out if they feel it is appropriate or necessary.
Domestic Homicide Reviews
On 6 August 2019, the Safer K&C Partnership published the Domestic Homicide Review Overview report into the death of Georgia.
On 6 August 2019, the Safer K&C Partnership published the Domestic Homicide Review Overview report into the death of Robert and Clare.
A related Serious Case Review was commissioned by the Local Safeguarding Children Board into the death of Clare and serious injury to Ann.
Clare and Ann Serious Case Review