Domestic homicide reviews

Domestic abuse occurs throughout the UK across cultural, economic and social groups. Domestic violence ruins the lives of children who live in the households and is a significant factor in the serious injury, death or emotional abuse of children subject of a serious case review. On average seven women and two men are killed every week in England and Wales by a current of former partner. Domestic abuse has more repeat victims than any other crime and on average a victim will have been assaulted 35 times before the victim will turn to the police or other agencies. It involves coercion and intimidation and regrettably is still often not identified and recognised by professionals working in criminal justice, education, health and social care services and who often misinterpret or misunderstand perpetrator and victim behaviours.

National guidance describe the circumstances when a death should be examined through a domestic homicide review.

Peter Maddocks has worked on domestic homicide reviews and many serious case reviews that have covered diverse circumstances and often involve parrallel processes such as the Independent Police Complaints Commission or MAPPA.

Domestic homicide reviews involve a great deal of work by different services and professionals. It is vital that when a domestic homicide review takes place it can provide an appropriate depth of learning for organisations and individual practitioners. Good reviews also try to wherever possible to involve memebers of the family as appropriate.

It is work that requires technical skills and knowledge about the legal and organisational frameworks for complex services, a thorough knowledge of various theories such as the significance of differant risk factors and human learning and change theory as examples.

It requires high levels of empathy and understanding about the circumstances of different families and professionals, an ability to analyse information and the ability to communicate important points of learning and contribute to national learning.

We work regularly with local community safety partnerships. We have provided overview reports in a wide variety of circumstances and places. We have provided training for authors of agency management reviews and also facilitate workshops and other events designed to support effective learning through structured reflection and self evaluation.

We welcome inquiries and can provide assistance with authors, chairing panels and facilitating workshops and seminars.We welcome inquiries; our telephones are staffed Monday to Friday during office hours on 0114 235 2902 or alternatively send an email to

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