What is a Domestic Homicide Review (DHR)
Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) were established on a statutory basis under section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 (DVCA 2004) and came into force on 13 April 2011. A DHR is a locally conducted multi-agency 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 he or she was related, or with whom he or she was or had been in an intimate personal relationship; or,
- a member of the same household as himself or herself.
Their purpose is not to reinvestigate the death or apportion blame, but 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 they will be acted on, within what timescales, and what is expected to change as a result;
- apply these lessons to service responses including changes to policies and procedures as appropriate; and to,
- prevent domestic violence homicide and improve service responses for all domestic violence victims and their children, through improved intra and inter-agency working.
The DHR will usually draw upon information obtained from:
- interviewing family members;
- interviewing significant people who may have known the victim; and,
- obtaining information from participating agencies, either by way of an Individual Management Review (IMR), or by other means such as a chronology of events.
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