Conducting domestic homicide reviews

Domestic homicide reviews should be carried out to make sure lessons are learned when a person has been killed as a result of domestic violence (domestic homicide).

In order for these lessons to be learned as widely and thoroughly as possible, professionals need to understand fully what happened in each homicide, and most importantly, to identify what needs to change in order to reduce the risk of such tragedies happening in the future.

Guidance and support in conducting  domestic homicide reviews

Guidance and support in conducting domestic homicide reviews

To support frontline practitioners who will be taking part in domestic homicide reviews we have produced:

Multi-agency statutory guidance for the Conduct of Domestic Homicide Reviews

Online Domestic Homicide Reviews training package

Contact us

You must contact us to let us know if you decide to conduct a domestic homicide review. If you decide not to conduct a domestic homicide review, you should contact us explaining your reasons for this decision.

Please email us with information about your decisions at



Domestic homicide reviews were established on a statutory basis under section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004. This creates an expectation for local areas to undertake a multi-agency review following a domestic violence homicide. This provision will come into force on 13th April 2011.

The provision allows the Secretary of State, in particular cases (e.g. when a local area fails to initiate a review itself) to direct that a specified person or body establishes or participates in a review. Section 9 also introduces a duty for every person or body establishing or participating in the review to have regard to the statutory guidance.

More information

The Government’s current approach to tackling domestic violence is set out in the strategic narrative Call to End Violence Against Women and Girls and the supporting action plan.

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