News – The Home Office is inviting all stakeholders to engage in a key consultation on DHR Reform

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What the consultation is about, in summary:

  1. The Government department is consulting on amending domestic homicide review (DHR) legislation (Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 (DVCVA)) in two specific areas:Whether to ensure a DHR is commissioned when the death has, or appears to have, resulted from domestic abuse as defined by the Domestic Abuse Act 2021. Currently, the DVCVA 2004 specifies that a DHR should be considered in instances where ‘the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by either:

A person to whom he was related or with whom he was or had been in an intimate personal relationship

A member of the same household as him’

2. Seeking views on amending the term ‘homicide’ in DHRs to reflect the range of the deaths which fall within scope of a DHR. The statutory guidance was updated in 2016 to clarify that DHRs could be conducted for suicides by victims where the circumstances give rise to concern, for example it emerges that there was controlling or coercive behaviour in the relationship.

This was in recognition of the number of victims who die by suicide linked to DA. The term ‘homicide’ in a DHR can be confusing and problematic for families after their loved one has died by suicide linked to DA. The term ‘homicide’ is also not applicable when conducting a review into deaths ruled as ‘unexplained’ or ‘unexpected’ by a coroner.

This consultation closes at 5:00pm on 11 August 2023

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