Webinar – Connect Centre for International Research on Interpersonal Violence and Harm – Domestic Homicides and Suspected Victim Suicides during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Date and time

Wed, 3 November 2021

16:00 – 17:00 GMT

About this event

The Covid-19 pandemic in the UK led to widespread concern about a potential rise in domestic homicides. Multiple conditions threatened to create a perfect storm to escalate abuse and reduce help available to victims, including victims and children being locked-in with abusers, making them less visible to police and support services; and reduced capacity of external agencies to offer interventions. Early evidence from the Counting Dead Women project in April 2020 identified at least 16 domestic homicides of women in the UK in the first three weeks of lockdown, up to three times the number of deaths compared with the same period in the previous year.

In this context, the Home Office and National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) established a new Domestic Homicides Project in June 2020. The project is hosted by the Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP) and aims to establish the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on domestic homicides and suicides and learn lessons from every tragic death to seek to prevent future deaths.

This webinar shares findings from the first 12 months of the project. Domestic homicides did not increase dramatically under the pandemic, but, with 163 homicides recorded in the first year of the pandemic, as well as 38 suspected victim suicides, the findings show that domestic homicide remains an entrenched and enduring issue. Lis will discuss the characteristics of victims and suspects, different contexts of homicides including intimate partner, adult family and victim suicide cases, risk factors, and learning and recommendations for police and other partners, and invite questions and discussion.

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