Domestic Homicide Review Committees’ Recommendations and Impacts: A Systematic Review

Cassandra Jones, Kelly Bracewell, Andrew Clegg, Nicky Stanley, Khatidja Chantler

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Abstract

Domestic Violence Fatality Reviews/ Domestic Homicide Reviews (DVFRs/DHRs) are multi-agency reviews aimed at reducing domestic homicides. This study systematically reviews research that examines DVFR/DHR recommendations, impact of these recommendations and proposals for improving DVFR/DHR processes. A narrative synthesis was adopted due to the diversity of the 11 studies reviewed. Themes identified from recommendations included: training and awareness; service provision and coordination; and recommendations for children. Regarding DVFR/DHR processes, standardisation, diverse teams and additional resources were highlighted. There was little evidence of whether DVFR/DHR recommendations were implemented. Findings can strengthen DVFR/DHR operationalisation and impacts.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHomicide Studies
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Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2022

Keywords

  • domestic abuse training
  • domestic homicide prevention
  • domestic homicide reviews
  • domestic violence fatality reviews
  • interagency working

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