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Domestic Homicide Reviews became a statutory requirement for Community Safety Partnerships in April 2011, by virtue of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act (2004).
The review covers the circumstances in which the death of a person (over the age of 16) has or appears to have resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by a relative, an intimate or former intimate partner or a person of the same household as the victim.
1. 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;
2. identify clearly 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;
3. apply these lessons to service responses including changes to inform national and local policies and procedures as appropriate;
4. prevent domestic violence and homicide and improve service responses for all domestic violence and abuse victims and their children by developing a co-ordinated multi-agency approach to ensure that domestic abuse is identified and responded to effectively at the earliest opportunity;
5. contribute to a better understanding of the nature of domestic violence and abuse; and highlight good practice.
DHRs are not inquiries into how the victim died nor who is culpable as these are matters for coroners and criminal courts, respectively.
Preston Community Safety Partnership has agreed with Be Safe Bolton Community Safety Partnership that they will publish an Overview Report for the Domestic Homicide Review - Michelle. The agreement supports the co-operation of Preston's CSP and agencies in Lancashire during the review and their willingness to learn from the findings of the review and implement changes to help prevent domestic homicide and abuse.
A copy of the full Overview Report and an Executive Summary are available in the documents section of this page, together with a copy of the latest Home Office multi-agency guidance.
The report and executive summary are anonymous, to protect the identities of those involved as contributors to the review. The review has been conducted in accordance with the Multi-agency Statutory Guidance for the Conduct of Domestic Homicide Reviews - December 2016.
The following guidance is provided for practitioners, managers and members of the community who are taking part in a domestic homicide review:
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