Citysafe - Community Safety
Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs)
Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) were established on a statutory basis under Section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act (2004) which came into effect on 13 April 2011.
Under guidance issued by the Home Office, any incident of domestic violence or abuse which results in the death of the victim requires a DHR to be carried out by the local Community Safety Partnership. In Liverpool the Safer and Stronger Communities Team co-ordinate the review process.
The purpose of the multi-agency review is to ensure that agencies are responding appropriately to victims of domestic violence and to apply any lessons learned through an action plan or recommendations.
There are no inquiries into who is culpable, this is for the court or coroner to decide.
Recently published DHRs
DHR12: Review for the death of 'Rachael'
- Summary report into the death of 'Rachael' (April 2020)
- Overview report into the death of 'Rachael' (April 2020)
- Home Office Quality Assurance letter on the DHR for 'Rachael' (January 2020)
DHR 11: Review for the deaths of 'Lynn' and 'Natalie'
- Summary of DHR report into the deaths of 'Lynn' and 'Natalie' (December 2017)
- Independent overview report into the deaths of 'Lynn' and 'Natalie' (December 2017)
- DHRSAR11: Completed action plan (March 2019)
DHR 10: Review for the death of 'Janice'
- Summary of DHR report into the death of 'Janice' (November 2017)
- Home Office Quality Assurance letter on the DHR for 'Janice' (October 2017)
- LDHR10: Completed action plan (May 2018)
- Home Office Multi-agency Statutory Guidance for the Conduct of Domestic Homicide Reviews.
- Leaflets from the Home Office website.
- AAFDA - Action After Fatal Domestic Abuse - offers support to those affected by a domestic homicide, regardless of whether they are involved in a Homicide Review.