Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) were established on a statutory basis under Section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Acts 2004 and came into force in April 2011. A DHR is 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 he/she was related or with whom he/she was or had been in an intimate relationship; or
- a member of the same household as himself/herself
Responsibility for conducting the review lies with the chair of the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) of the local authority area in which the victim was normally resident. A range of agencies that may have been involved with the case are required to review their involvement and policies and procedures to help prevent future occurrences and improve services.
Following a domestic homicide incident in the Borough in January 2013, it was agreed by the Chair of the Broxbourne CSP, in consultation with the Police and the County’s Domestic Violence Strategic Board that a Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) should be commissioned. A copy of the report of that review, which has been approved by the Home Office in July 2014 is available to the right of the page.