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:
- Revised ‘Multi-Agency Statutory Guidance for the Conduct of Domestic Homicide Reviews’ was published in August 2013.
This guidance has been ratified by Barnsley’s Community Safety Partnership (CSP), which is responsible for establishing and conducting DHRs in the borough:
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.