Since April 2011 there is a statutory requirement for local areas to conduct a Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) following a domestic homicide that meets the criteria. These are conducted by local Community Safety Partnerships in Hampshire.
A DHR is a multi-agency review of the circumstances into the death of a person aged 16 or over which has resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by a person:
- to whom they were related
- with whom they had been in an intimate personal relationship,
- who is a member of the same household
DHRs aim to ensure that public bodies like social services, councils, police and other community-based organisations understand what led to someone’s death. These reviews consider what happened and what could have been done differently, especially regarding multi-agency working. Actions to improve responses to future domestic violence situations are identified.