Domestic Homicide Review

What is a Domestic Homicide Review?

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

The Safer Hartlepool Partnership has responsibility for establishing Domestic Homicide Reviews in Hartlepool.

Definition and purpose

A Domestic Homicide Review refers to 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 person to whom s/he was related, or had been in an intimate personal relationship with
  • a member of the same household

The purpose of the DHR is 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
  • clearly identify what those lessons are both within and between agencies, how and within what timescales they will be acted on, and what is expected to change as a result
  • apply those lessons to service responses including changes to inform national and local policies and procedures as appropriate
  • prevent domestic abuse and homicide, and improve service responses for all domestic abuse victims and their children by developing improved intra- and inter-agency working.

Following the completion of a DHR, and approval from a Home Office quality assurance panel, the Safer Hartlepool Partnership is required to publish the anonymised report and executive summary.

To view the reports click on the links below:

DHR - Annie - Overview Report

DHR - Annie - Executive Summary