Domestic Homicide Reviews

Domestic Homicide Reviews were established on a statutory basis under section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act (2004). This provision came into force on 13th April 2011.

The Government’s current approach to tackling violence against women and girls including domestic violence is set out in the strategic narrative ‘Call to End Violence Against Women and Girls’ (published on 25th November 2010) and the supporting Action Plan (published on 8th March 20111). Preventing violence from happening in the first place is at the heart of this approach.

As part of the supporting Action Plan, the Government committed to the following action: Implement section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act (2004), putting in place statutory Domestic Homicide Reviews.

Domestic Homicide Reviews were established on a statutory basis under section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act (2004). This provision came into force on 13th April 2011. The purpose of a Domestic Homicide Review:

  • 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;
  • 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 and apply these lessons to service responses including changes to policies and procedures as appropriate
  • Prevent domestic violence homicide and improve service responses for all domestic violence victims and their children through improved intra and inter-agency working.
Domestic Homicide Review Reports in the case of MS. Date of death: 4th February 2012

On the night of 3rd February 2012 an incident took place that resulted in the subject of this case, who will be referred to as MS, dying from his injuries on 4th February 2012.

The incident and the subsequent death of MS resulted in a referral to the Safer Stockport Partnership from Greater Manchester Police Public Protection Investigation Unit (PPIU). This referral proposed that the case met the criteria for undertaking a Domestic Violence Homicide Review (DVHR).

The Safer Stockport Partnership held an initial scoping meeting on 29th February 2012 and concluded that a DVHR should be undertaken. This decision was approved by the Home Office on 1st March 2012 and a panel of senior officers from local agencies was formed to scope key lines of enquiry and to oversee the review. An Independent Chair and Author were appointed in line with Home Office recommendations.

Domestic Homicide Review in the case of MS – Executive Summary

Domestic Homicide Review in the case of MS – Overview Report

Domestic Homicide Review – Agency Recommendations for Actions

Domestic Homicide Review – Home Office Panel Response

Domestic Homicide Review – Glossary of Terms

Domestic Homicide Review Reports in the case of MV. Date of death: 20th November 2012

MV died on 20th November 2012 following an incident at Address 2 in which he received a fatal stab wound.  His common law partner, referred to in this Executive Summary as MVP, was subsequently arrested and charged with the murder of MV.  Following trial MVP was convicted of manslaughter and is currently serving a custodial sentence.

The incident and the subsequent death of MV resulted in a referral to the Safer Stockport Partnership from Greater Manchester Police Public Protection Investigation Unit (PPIU).  This referral proposed that the case met the criteria for undertaking a Domestic Violence Homicide Review (DVHR).

The Safer Stockport Partnership held an initial scoping meeting on and concluded that a DVHR should be undertaken.  This decision was approved by the Home Office and a panel of senior officers from local agencies was formed to scope key lines of enquiry and to oversee the review.

A senior officer from a partner agency who was entirely independent of the case Chaired the Review and Independent Author was appointed in line with Home Office statutory guidance.

Domestic Homicide Review in the case of MV – Executive Summary

Domestic Homicide Review in the case of MV – Overview Report

Domestic Homicide Review – Agency Recommendations for Actions

Domestic Homicide Review in the case of MV – Safer Stockport Partnership Action Plan

Domestic Homicide Review – Home Of Domestic Homicide Review in the case of MV – Home Office Panal Response

Domestic Homicide Review Reports in the case of FV. Date of death: 23rd August 2014

Binesh was 35 years old when she was killed by her estranged husband in August 2014. He was convicted of manslaughter and is currently serving a custodial prison sentence.

The circumstances of the death were reported to the Safer Stockport Partnership which agreed that the criteria for commissioning a statutory domestic homicide review was met. The decision was confirmed by the Home Office.

The domestic homicide review was chaired, and the overview report was written, by an independent reviewer with appropriate experience and background in compliance with national guidance for the conduct of domestic homicide reviews.

The report made ten recommendations to support the implementation of learning from the review which were accepted by the Safer Stockport Partnership.

Domestic Homicide Review Reports in the case of FV. Date of death: 16th January 2015

Lorna and Alan were married and had a child, referred to as Child 1 in this report (NB to protect the identity of the Child all references to them will be non-gender specific and Child 1’s age will not be referred to).

Lorna had a successful career in a public facing role in a large public sector organisation where she had worked for 7 years. When Child 1 was born Alan gave up his career to stay at home and care for them. Lorna continued in her job and it appears that her income supported the family, although Alan had been successful in an entrepreneurial capacity and the couple appeared to be financially comfortable.

The couple socialised with a small group of close mutual friends who knew them well. Friends described them as a close family.

 

Stockport Independent Mental Health Investigation Overview Report incorporating Domestic Homicide Review themes in the case of S. Date of death: 31 December 2014

This Domestic Homicide Review and Independent Mental Health Investigation (joint review) examines the circumstances surrounding the death of Adult S (Sandra) in Bredbury, Stockport, Greater Manchester on 31 December 2014 and the care and treatment of Adult D by health services.

The family have requested that Sandra be referred to by her name throughout the report. The full report can be viewed below, and also the full report and associated action plan is published on the NHS England, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust and the NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group websites where updated action plans can be viewed. Please note that they have titled their reports as ‘Independent investigation into the care and treatment of Mr DB’ and ‘Independent Investigations Case 2015-131 MR DB’.