Domestic Homicide Review (DHR)

A DHR looks at the circumstances of a person’s death and the lessons that need to be learnt from it.

The purpose of a DHR is not to apportion blame. It’s a process of investigation, evaluation, analysing, scrutinising and making recommendations. This occurs when the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect. This could be by the following people:

  • A person to whom they were related or with whom they were or had been in an intimate personal relationship.
  • A member of the same household, held with a view to identifying the lessons to be learnt from the death.

Responsibility for a DHR

The duty to undertake DHRs was implemented by the Home Office through statutory guidance in April 2011. You can find more information about DHRs on the Government website

Barnsley's Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is responsible for establishing and conducting DHR's in Barnsley. You can read their process for requesting a Domestic Homicide Review

DHR reports

Once a DHR is approved by the Home Office Quality Assurance Group a final, anonymised report will be published. 

Any DHRs conducted by the Barnsley Community Safety Partnership will be published below.

DHR01 - October 2015:

DHR02 - November 2016:

DHR03 - November 2016:

DHR04 - June 2017: