Domestic violence support

Domestic homicide reviews

When someone has been killed as a result of domestic violence (domestic homicide) a review should be carried out.​ 

The Chairs of the reviews, the Newham Community Partnership and London Borough of Newham express their condolences to the families, children and friends of the victims for the loss of their loved ones. 

What happens when someone is killed as a result of domestic violence 
When this happens, the law says that professionals involved in the case must review what happened so that we can identify what needs to be changed and reduce the risk of it happening again in the future. 

Home Office guidance 

The Home Office has published guidance on when we need to set up a domestic homicide review and how to do it. This is explained on the GOV.UK website.

Domestic homicide reviews are not inquiries into how the victim died or into who is responsible. The purpose of a domestic homicide review (DHR) is to understand where there are lessons learned and make recommendations to prevent future homicides.  

Domestic homicide reviews in Newham 

If a domestic homicide takes place in Newham, the police immediately inform the Chair of the Community Safety Partnership. The Community Safety Partnership will decide whether a DHR will take place, and if so, appoint an independent chair and report writer.  

Panel members include representatives from Newham Police, Adult Social Care, Children and Young People's Service, the Chair of the Domestic and Sexual Violence (DSV) Forum, DSV specialist services, East London Foundation Trust, Barts Health and Newham Clinical Commissioning Group. All of the information shared for the review is confidential until it has been approved and published.  

Family members, friends and colleagues of the victim are important to the DHR process. The independent chair will aim to make contact with friends and family, to enable them to inform the review and build a complete view of the victim. 

All reviews are submitted to the Home Office Quality Assurance Panel for agreement before they are published on the London Borough of Newham website. To ensure the victim and their families are not identifiable, initials or a pseudonym are given to the victim.