Domestic Homicide Reviews

Background

A domestic homicide review (DHR) is 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) a person they were related to or someone they were or had been in an intimate personal relationship with, or

(b) a member of the same household as themselves, held with a view to identifying the lessons to be learnt from the death.

A review panel consisting of members from local and statutory agencies, led by an independent chair will review each agency’s involvement with the individuals involved and consider recommendations to improve agencies' responses in the future. In doing this, agencies will improve their responses to domestic violence and abuse, and work better together to prevent such tragedies occurring in the future.

Domestic homicide reviews are not inquiries into how someone died or who is to blame. They are not part of any disciplinary process. They do not replace an inquest or any other form of inquiry into the homicide.

Cheltenham Strategic Leadership Group is the relevant community safety partnership for carrying out of domestic homicide reviews in Cheletnham. DHRs are co-ordinated in line with the Multi-Agency Statutory Guidance for the Conduct of Domestic Homicide Reviews, published in August 2013 and subsequently updated in December 2016.

Domestic Homicide Review into the death of Susan

Published October 2016

The overview report

Learning points, recommendations and agreed actions

Domestic Homicide Review into the death of Lucy

Published March 2018

The overview report

Learning points, recommendations and agreed actions