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Domestic Homicide Reviews

Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) were established on a statutory basis under section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act (2004) in April 2011.

The Home Office guidance identifies that any incident of domestic violence and abuse which results in a death of the victim requires a DHR.

In Wiltshire the Community Safety Partnership has the statutory responsibility for commissioning a DHR when someone aged 16 or over dies as a result of violence, abuse or neglect by a relative, household member or someone they’ve been in an intimate relationship with.

The DHR will look at the circumstances that led to the death. This will help professionals understand what happened and what needs to change to reduce the risk of something like this happening again. They are not inquiries into who is culpable, this is for the court or coroner to decide.

The Partnership Practice Review group carries out all reviews in Wiltshire on behalf of the SVPP. For more information about how we carry out case reviews in Wiltshire go to Learning from Case Reviews.


Published DHRS and Local Learning Reviews

The Home Office requires that local areas publish anonymised reports and findings from DHRs. We also publish learning from local learning reviews relating to cases where domestic abuse has been a significant theme.

Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership published a Domestic Homicide Review for Ellie and Executive Summary.

Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership published a Domestic Homicide Review Executive Summary for Adult P in October 2017 – 007_DHR

Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership published a Domestic Homicide Review Executive Summary for Adult B in June 2017 – 006_DHR

Adult R – this learning briefing is to help professionals better identify and understand coercive control, including recognising when you are at risk of being coerced or controlled by a service user, and what you can do.

If you would like to access DHR Reports before 2017 please contact SVPP@wiltshire.gov.uk