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Domestic Homicide Project Spotlight Briefing on Ethnicity  

Phoebe Perry, Lis Bates, Katie Hoeger, Thien Trang Nguyen Phan, Angie Whitaker 


This briefing draws on 18 months of VKPP project data comprising 294 domestic homicides and suspected victim suicides following domestic abuse. 

Domestic/Family Homicide: A Systematic Review of Empirical Evidence  

M Truong, L Yeganeh, A Cartwright, E Ward, J Ibrahim, 

D Cuschieri, M Dawson, L Bugeja. 


A review of the empirical evidence on domestic/family homicide. 

Reviewing in a pandemic? A commentary on COVID-19 and domestic homicide review  

James Rowlands 


This paper reflects on how COVID-19 affected the delivery and experience of DHRs, the place of victims at the heart of this process and what the pandemic’s impact might mean moving forward. 

Domestic Homicide Review Committees’ Recommendations and Impacts: A Systematic Review 

Cassandra Jones, Kelly Bracewell, Andrew Clegg, Nicky Stanley, Khatidja Chantler 


This study systematically reviews research that examines DVFR/DHR recommendations, impact of these recommendations and proposals for improving DVFR/DHR processes. 

Inside the black box: domestic homicide reviews as a source of data

James Rowlands,  Kelly Bracewell 


This article explores the implications of limited engagement with DHRs as a process of knowledge generation to date.  

Negotiating organisational blame to foster learning: Professionals’ perspectives about Domestic Homicide Reviews 

Alina Haines-Delmont PhD1, Kelly Bracewell PhD, Khatidja Chantler PhD. 


This paper explores the barriers and facilitators to the conduct and impact of DHRs to enhance their learning potential. It is based on 19 qualitative interviews with professionals involved in the DHR process across 5 Safeguarding Boards in Wales and 14 Community Safety Partnerships in the North-West of England. 

Intimate Partner Homicides in Norway 1990–2020: An Analysis of Incidence and Characteristics 


Solveig K. B. Vatnar, Christine Friestad, Stal Bjørkly 


This study considers to what extent is increased awareness of intimate partner violence as a serious social problem paralleled in changes over time in the empirical landscape of IPH?  

Beyond intimate partner relationships: utilising domestic homicide reviews to prevent adult family domestic homicide 

Bracewell, K. and Jones, C. Haines-Delmont, A. Craig, E. Duxbury, J. Chantler, K. 


This article addresses this presents an analysis from 66 DHRs in England and Wales where the victim and perpetrator were related, such as parent and adult child. 

Constructing Fatality Review: A Policy Analysis of the Emergence of Domestic Homicide Reviews in England and Wales 

James Rowlands 


In England and Wales, DHRs examine domestic abuse-related deaths to identify lessons to be learned. However, their emergence as a policy initiative has been little considered. To address this gap, a thematic discourse analysis of policy documents to 2011 was undertaken, examining the justification for, and conceptualisation of, DHRs before their implementation. 

The Father, the Son, and the Abuser: The Portrayal of Male Victims of Intimate Partner Homicide in the News Media 


Kenzie Hanson, Alexandra Lysova 


This study analysed 203 English-language news articles of IPH involving male victims and female perpetrators for the year 2019 and, using thematic analysis, identified the main themes. 

Navigating Family Involvement in Domestic Violence Fatality Review: Conceptualising Prospects for Systems and Relational Repair 

James Rowlands, Elizabeth A. Cook 


This conceptual article interrogates the purpose, process and outcomes of family involvement within DHRs. 

Reviewing domestic homicide - international practice and perspectives  

James Rowlands 


This report focuses on the principles which underpin the review of domestic homicides internationally, as well as considering issues like establishment, cases selection, membership, sense-making, and the production of learning and recommendations. It then considers the implications for DHRs in England and Wales. 

Intimate Partner Homicide in Denmark 2007-2017: Tracking Potential Predictors of Fatal Violence 

Søren Rye; Caroline Angel 


This study reviews the characteristics of intimate partner homicide in Denmark that may inform more accurate prediction and prevention of such crimes, and how knowledge of those facts is distributed across families, police and other agencies. 

Learning from Domestic Homicide Reviews in England and Wales 

Chantler, Khatidja; Robbins, Rachel; Baker, Victoria Louise and Stanley, Nicky 


This paper aims to contribute to the prevention of future domestic homicide by analysing 141 DHRs in England and Wales.  

London Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) Case Analysis and Review of Local Authorities DHR Process 

Bear Montique 


This report is a case analysis and review of local authorities DHR Process. It examines 84 DHRs between 2011 and 2018, including an in-depth look at intersectional themes. 

Real lives and Lost lives: Making sense of ‘locked in’ responses to intimate partner homicide 

Professor Sandra Walklate; Anna Hopkins 


A thematic analysis of Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPPC) Reports for England and Wales from 2005 to 2015 relating to IPH and available as public documents.  

Older adults and violence: An analysis of domestic homicide reviews in England involving adults over 60 years of age 

Benbow, Susan Mary; Bhattacharyya, Sarmishtha; Kingston, Paul 


14 adult family homicides, 16 intimate partner homicides and five homicide–suicide DHR reports were thematically analysed, and key themes identified. 

Domestic Homicide of Older People (2010–15): A Comparative Analysis of Intimate-Partner Homicide and Parricide Cases in the UK 

Hannah Bows 


This article presents data drawn from a larger parent study examining homicide of older people (aged 60 and over) in the UK. This analysis is based on a subset of cases that would fall within current definitions of DH. 

Domestic abuse and suicide - Exploring the links with Refuge’s client base and work force  

Ruth Aitken and Vanessa E. Munro 


An investigation into the links between domestic abuse and suicide in order to fill gaps in existing knowledge about the factors that might predict, contribute to or mitigate against the development of suicidality in victims.  

Intimate Partner Homicide in England and Wales 2011–2013: Pathways to Prediction from Multi-agency Domestic Homicide Reviews 

Eamonn Bridger; Heather Strang; John Parkinson; Lawrence W. Sherman 


This study conducted a detailed review of investigative source material, police database information and the official independent author reviews of the 188 cases of intimate partner homicide recorded in England and Wales between April 2011 and March 2013. 

Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) Case Analysis 

Nicola Sharp-Jeffs and Liz Kelly 


Commissioned by Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, this is an analysis of 32 DHRs chaired by its associates, to identify and explore emerging themes, thereby contributing learning to the national picture. 

Domestic Homicide Reviews: Key Findings from Analysis of Domestic Homicide Reviews  

Home Office 


This document identifies common themes and trends in domestic homicide and recommends how local areas can use this information to prevent domestic abuse. 

Preventing Domestic Violence and Abuse: Common Themes and Lessons Learned from West Midlands' DHRs 

Dr Lucy Neville and Dr Erin Sanders-McDonagh, with Vivian Latinwo-Olajide, George Lewis, and Hayley Tustin 


This research provides a collation of the key learnings from 13 DHRs completed or underway across the West Midlands area. 

Liaison and information exchange when criminal proceedings coincide with Chapter Four Serious Case Reviews or Welsh Child Practice Reviews 



A Guide for the Police, Crown Prosecution Service and Local Safeguarding Children Boards. 

The Domestic Violence Fatality Review: Can It Mobilize Community-Level Change? 

Heather L. Storer, Taryn Lindhorst and Kelly Starr 



This research evaluated whether the recommendations made by one state-level Domestic Violence Fatality Reviews had an effect on community and organisational priorities and practices.  

The Dangers of Dangerousness Assessment 

Evan Stark 


Evan Stark casts a critical eye to the widely accepted procedure called Dangerousness Assessment. 

Review into the Needs of Families Bereaved by Homicide 

Louise Casey CB 


This report sets out the findings of a review by the Victims' Commissioner's office that gathered demographic information on the families being supported by the Homicide Service.  

Meeting the Needs of Families Bereaved by Homicide 

Louise Casey CB 


This paper supplements the Victim’s Commissioners earlier report and considers, in more detail, the services that are valiantly trying to respond to these overwhelming levels of need. 

Domestic Fatalities: The Impact on Remaining Family Members  

Marilyn Armour 


This article highlights what is known about the survivors of domestic homicide, including developmental issues for children, the myriad of complex loyalty binds, help-seeking behaviours, and the unrelenting conditions that bar resolution.  

Traumatic Loss in a One-Year-Old Girl  

Theodore Gaensbauer, m.d., Irene Chatoor, m.d., Martin Drell, m.d., Daniel Siegel, m.d., and Charles h. Zeanah, m.d. 


Presenting the case of a girl who, at the age of 1 year, witnessed her mother's violent death. She was first seen by a child psychiatrist at age 4 years and remained symptomatic for more than 5 years after the traumatic event.  

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