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DHRs – SAFEGUARDING LEARNING TO DATE. Domestic homicide review process (snapshot) Domestic Homicide occurs CSP informed and decides on whether the homicide.

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1 DHRs – SAFEGUARDING LEARNING TO DATE

2 Domestic homicide review process (snapshot) Domestic Homicide occurs CSP informed and decides on whether the homicide meets criteria of DHR (Within one month of homicide) Criteria met: CSP commission DHR and Review Panel Review Panel establishes terms of reference, appoints Chair and commissions agency IMRs and relevant reports QA Group assesses Review as adequate/inadequate according to guidance. Review is published, stored centrally by HO and lessons learned disseminated by QA Group via bulletin and web page. Conduct DHR: Chair to draft Overview Report, Executive Summary and Action Plan (Within 6 months of CSP decision to hold DHR) CSP agree Review and send to Home Office Review agreed by Review Panel and sent to commissioning CSP

3 Learning the Lessons ‘The repetition of past mistakes may amount to institutional incompetence’ (McPherson, 1998) ‘I am convinced the answers lie in doing relatively straightforward things well’ (Laming, 2003)

4 Some observations - sources Delivered accredited training for DHR chairs to 94 delegates Quality Assure approximately two DHRs a month Chairing DHRs (18) Acting as a sounding board for other Chairs Recent Home Office publication on DHRs

5 Some observations Lack of understanding how central the family are to the process We need to have a new conversation about information sharing and risk – professional judgement / listening to victims is critical. Engagement with perpetrators outside of the CJS is limited

6 Issues with thresholds / definitions of vulnerable Lack of professional curiosity Engaging with the unengaged Attribution of bruising to falls / age related conditions Sons with mental health / substance use issues Lack of carer assessments Lack of risk recognition for carers

7 Understanding abuse as a power issue and not a relationship issue Financial abuse far higher in older age group Disability doubles the risk V little data – BCS cuts off at 59 Risk is often multi-faceted Complex needs – a significant failing Coercive control is a better indicator of risk than physical violence

8 Finally… Always assume that your report – IMRs and ORs – is being read by those that loved the victim. Would the report seem adequate to you? DHRs are a great opportunity to think differently about domestic violence. They are a new framework which allows us to really test our service provision against the needs of real victims and their real circumstances

9 Every Body Matters


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