Domestic Homicide Reviews

If you have lost a family member through domestic violence, information, advice and support can be provided by AAFDA.

AADFA is available to support family and friends to ensure their voice is heard during the Review process and to support them after the Review has been completed.

Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) are responsible for undertaking a Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) 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 as to how response can be improved in the future. The panel will also consider information from the victim's family, friends and work colleagues, if they wish to engage in the process.

The purpose of a DHR 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 learnt from reviews help agencies to improve their response to domestic violence and abuse and to work better together to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future.

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.

View the Home Office Multi-Agency Statutory Guidance for the Conduct of Domestic Homicide Reviews.

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.

After the review process has been completed, an Overview Report is sent to the Home Office for quality assurance.

View the copies of the Domestic Homicide Reports for Newcastle.