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'Learning Legacies: An Analysis of Domestic Homicide Reviews in Cases of Domestic Abuse Suicide', was researched and written by Sarah Dangar (AAFDA), Vanessa E. Munro (Warwick Law School) & Lotte Young Andrade (Warwick Law School), and funded by The Home Office under the Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Research Fund 2021/22.

This study is the first of its kind to undertake a systematic review of DHRs that have been commissioned, completed and published in cases of domestic abuse suicide in England and Wales. Broadly speaking, it aimed to contribute to knowledge across two related areas – first, in respect of learning from within the DHR process about domestic abuse related suicide, and second in respect of learning around the DHR process in this context.

Today the team behind the report launch a series of practical resources to help professionals to better understand the link between domestic abuse and suicide, and to improve the response to suicide after domestic abuse.

Also available to listen to, 'Hearing Their Voices', a podcast with Prof. Vanessa Munro and Sarah Dangar speaking about their research: Hearing Their Voices | Podcast on Spotify



      The aim of this POLICY BRIEF is to help you:

       1. Understand the links between domestic abuse (DA) and                         suicidality
       2. Identify factors that are likely to increase the risk of suicidality
       3. Implement interventions for more effective suicide prevention






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This POLICY BRIEF is designed to help policy makers better understand how we should respond after a domestic abuse related suicide, including:

1. Undertaking robust investigations in the immediate aftermath of            death
2. Pursuing post-death charging of perpetrators where appropriate
3. Commissioning Domestic Homicide Reviews on a consistent basis
4. Conducting effective and trauma-informed Domestic Homicide              Reviews
5. Providing support and advocacy to bereaved families



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    This TOOLKIT summarises key findings from an analysis 
     of 32 Domestic Homicide Reviews that involved death 
     by suicide and provides recommendations to those 
     involved operationally. 

     It can be used to improve practice at a local and national level, in         order to better safeguard victims and ensure that families                     bereaved by suicide are better supported.

     Who is the toolkit for?

     1. Services engaging with potential or known victims of domestic             abuse
     2. Suicide prevention professionals
     3. Community Safety Partnership Leads
     4. Domestic Homicide Review Chairs and panel members 

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Animation: Domestic Abuse Related Suicides

Interested in learning more?

AAFDA provide a full programme of training including the half day session, "DA & Suicide: Research, Risks & Reviews', led by Sarah Dangar.

Click here for further information.