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, re-evaluation, analysing, scrutinising and making recommendations when the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by:

  • a person to whom they were related or with whom they were or had been in an intimate personal relationship, or
  • 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:

This guidance has been ratified by Barnsley’s Community Safety Partnership (CSP), which is responsible for establishing and conducting DHRs in the borough:

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 CSP will be published below.

October 2015: