Tragically, people sometimes die as a result of domestic abuse.
When this happens, the law says that professionals involved in the case must conduct a multi-agency review of what happened so that we can identify what needs to be changed to reduce the risk of it happening again in the future.
If a domestic homicide takes place in Barnet the police inform the Safer Communities Partnership of the incident. After this initial notification, a decision will be made about whether we need to have a Domestic Homicide Review using the Home Office guidance. The Safer Communities Partnership then has the overall responsibility for setting up a review.
Domestic homicide reviews are not inquiries into how the victim died or into who is responsible. The purpose of a domestic homicide review (DHR) is to understand where there are lessons learned and make recommendations to prevent future homicides.