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Life or Death? Preventing Domestic Homicides and Suicides of Black and Minoritised Women

Centre for Women’s Justice and Imkaan


This research examines the obstacles faced by Black and minoritised women who lose their lives in domestic homicide and suicide in the context of domestic abuse.

An analysis of minoritisation in domestic homicide reviews in England and Wales

K Chantler et al.


This article considers how minoritisation features in DHRs in England and Wales and identifies critical learning in relation to addressing minoritisation.

Domestic Homicide Sentencing Review

Clare Wade KC.


A government initiated review into reforms required to strengthen the powers of courts in passing sentences in cases of domestic homicide.

Experiences of Treatment-Seeking Children and Young People Following Parental Intimate Partner Homicide

Suzan Soydas et al.


A study of 60 treatment-seeking children and young people following parental intimate partner homicide in the UK.

Learning Legacies: An Analysis of Domestic Homicide Reviews in Cases of Domestic Abuse Suicide

Sarah Dangar, Vanessa E. Munro and Lotte Young Andrade


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.

The Challenges and Opportunities of Reviewing Domestic Abuse-Related Deaths by Suicide in England and Wales

James Rowlands and Sarah Dangar


Interviews with 18 participants, from a larger study, involved in Suicide Domestic Abuse-Related Death Reviews were re-read and themes interrogated to offer insight into the underlying challenges.

Parallels in Practice: Applying Principles of Research Integrity and Ethics in Domestic Violence Fatality Review (DVFR)

Elizabeth A. Cook, James Rowlands, Kelly Bracewell, Cassandra Jones, Grace Boughton


This article examines both the practice of DHR and how it is utilised as data in research.

Lessons Learnt? DHRs through a Sex Industry Lens

Juliette Hasham and Dr. Katie Thorlby.


Beyond the Streets commissioned this report to investigate the prevalence of involvement in the sex industry amongst publicly available DHRs. 

Who counts? The invisibility of mothers as victims of femicide

Rachel Condry and Caroline Miles


This article focuses on the important and persistent phenomenon of women killed by their sons.


Led by Professor Khatidja Chantler, based at Manchester Metropolitan University


A range of domestic homicide related briefings created by the HALT (Homicide, Abuse, Learning, Together) project.

A Trisonance: Identities of Women Whose Mothers Were Murdered by Their Fathers

Shani Pitcho-Prelorentzos, Elazar Leshem, Michal Mahat-Shamir


This study aimed to examine the narrative identities of women bereaved to intimate partner femicide by interviewing eleven adult Israeli female offspring whose biological mothers were murdered by their biological fathers.

Domestic Homicides and Suspected Victim Suicides 2021-2022

Lis Bates et al.


The second annual report from the VKPP national Domestic Homicide Project which works across England and Wales.

Beyond intimate partner relationships: utilising domestic homicide reviews to prevent adult family domestic homicide

Kelly Bracewell, et al.


This article presents an analysis from 66 domestic homicide reviews (DHRs) in England and Wales where the victim and perpetrator were related, such as parent and adult child.

Domestic Homicide Project Spotlight Briefing on Ethnicity

Phoebe Perry et al.


This briefing draws on 18 months of VKPP project data comprising 294 domestic homicides and suspected victim suicides following domestic abuse.

Domestic/Family Homicide: A Systematic Review of Empirical Evidence

M Truong et al.


A review of the empirical evidence on domestic/family homicide.

Reviewing in a pandemic? A commentary on COVID-19 and domestic homicide review

James Rowlands


This paper reflects on how COVID-19 affected the delivery and experience of DHRs, the place of victims at the heart of this process and what the pandemic’s impact might mean moving forward.

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

Cassandra Jones et al.


This study systematically reviews research that examines DVFR/DHR recommendations, impact of these recommendations and proposals for improving DVFR/DHR processes.

Inside the black box: domestic homicide reviews as a source of data

James Rowlands, Kelly Bracewell


This article explores the implications of limited engagement with DHRs as a process of knowledge generation to date. It focuses on the implications for researchers, in particular the epistemological and methodological issues that arise, before considering what this might mean for policy and practice.

Negotiating organisational blame to foster learning: Professionals’ perspectives about Domestic Homicide Reviews

Alina Haines-Delmont, Kelly Bracewell, Khatidja Chantler


This paper explores the barriers and facilitators to the conduct and impact of DHRs to enhance their learning potential. It is based on 19 qualitative interviews with professionals involved in the DHR process across 5 Safeguarding Boards in Wales and 14 Community Safety Partnerships in the North-West of England.

Intimate Partner Homicides in Norway 1990–2020: An Analysis of Incidence and Characteristics


Solveig K. B. Vatnar, Christine Friestad, Stal Bjørkly


This study considers to what extent is increased awareness of intimate partner violence as a serious social problem paralleled in changes over time in the empirical landscape of IPH?

Women Who Kill: How The State Criminalises Women We Might Otherwise Be Burying

Centre for Women’s Justice and Justice for Women


This research explores why there continue to be so many miscarriages of justice and why there are still so many women who are themselves victims, serving life imprisonment for choosing to survive.

Beyond intimate partner relationships: utilising domestic homicide reviews to prevent adult family domestic homicide

Bracewell, K. and Jones, C. Haines-Delmont, A. Craig, E. Duxbury, J. Chantler, K.


This article addresses this presents an analysis from 66 DHRs in England and Wales where the victim and perpetrator were related, such as parent and adult child.

Constructing Fatality Review: A Policy Analysis of the Emergence of Domestic Homicide Reviews in England and Wales

James Rowlands


In England and Wales, DHRs examine domestic abuse-related deaths to identify lessons to be learned. However, their emergence as a policy initiative has been little considered. To address this gap, a thematic discourse analysis of policy documents to 2011 was undertaken, examining the justification for, and conceptualisation of, DHRs before their implementation.

The Father, the Son, and the Abuser: The Portrayal of Male Victims of Intimate Partner Homicide in the News Media


Kenzie Hanson, Alexandra Lysova


This study analysed 203 English-language news articles of IPH involving male victims and female perpetrators for the year 2019 and, using thematic analysis, identified the main themes.

Navigating Family Involvement in Domestic Violence Fatality Review: Conceptualising Prospects for Systems and Relational Repair

James Rowlands, Elizabeth A. Cook


This conceptual article interrogates the purpose, process and outcomes of family involvement within DHRs.

Getting Away With Murder? A Review of the ‘Rough Sex Defence’

Hannah Bows and Jonathan Herring


This article provides a critical analysis of the use of rough sex/SM in female homicide cases and proposed legal reforms.

Reviewing domestic homicide - international practice and perspectives

James Rowlands


This report focuses on the principles which underpin the review of domestic homicides internationally, as well as considering issues like establishment, cases selection, membership, sense-making, and the production of learning and recommendations. It then considers the implications for DHRs in England and Wales, in light of the strengths and weaknesses of current arrangements.

Intimate Partner Homicide in Denmark 2007-2017: Tracking Potential Predictors of Fatal Violence

Søren Rye; Caroline Angel


This study reviews the characteristics of intimate partner homicide in Denmark that may inform more accurate prediction and prevention of such crimes, and how knowledge of those facts is distributed across families, police and other agencies.

Learning from Domestic Homicide Reviews in England and Wales

Chantler, Khatidja; Robbins, Rachel; Baker, Victoria Louise and Stanley, Nicky


This paper aims to contribute to the prevention of future domestic homicide by analysing 141 DHRs in England and Wales.

London Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) Case Analysis and Review of Local Authorities DHR Process

Bear Montique


This report is a case analysis and review of local authorities DHR Process. It examines 84 DHRs between 2011 and 2018, including an in-depth look at intersectional themes.

Real lives and Lost lives: Making sense of ‘locked in’ responses to intimate partner homicide

Professor Sandra Walklate; Anna Hopkins


A thematic analysis of Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPPC) Reports for England and Wales from 2005 to 2015 relating to IPH and available as public documents.

Older adults and violence: An analysis of domestic homicide reviews in England involving adults over 60 years of age

Benbow, Susan Mary; Bhattacharyya, Sarmishtha; Kingston, Paul


14 adult family homicides, 16 intimate partner homicides and five homicide–suicide DHR reports were thematically analysed, and key themes identified.

Domestic Homicide of Older People (2010–15): A Comparative Analysis of Intimate-Partner Homicide and Parricide Cases in the UK

Hannah Bows


This article presents data drawn from a larger parent study examining homicide of older people (aged 60 and over) in the UK. This analysis is based on a subset of cases that would fall within current definitions of DH.

Domestic abuse and suicide - Exploring the links with Refuge’s client base and work force

Ruth Aitken and Vanessa E. Munro


An investigation into the links between domestic abuse and suicide in order to fill gaps in existing knowledge about the factors that might predict, contribute to or mitigate against the development of suicidality in victims.

Intimate Partner Homicide in England and Wales 2011–2013: Pathways to Prediction from Multi-agency Domestic Homicide Reviews

Eamonn Bridger; Heather Strang; John Parkinson; Lawrence W. Sherman


This study conducted a detailed review of investigative source material, police database information and the official independent author reviews of the 188 cases of intimate partner homicide recorded in England and Wales between April 2011 and March 2013.

Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) Case Analysis

Nicola Sharp-Jeffs and Liz Kelly


Commissioned by Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, this is an analysis of 32 DHRs chaired by its associates, to identify and explore emerging themes, thereby contributing learning to the national picture.

Domestic Homicide Reviews: Key Findings from Analysis of Domestic Homicide Reviews

Home Office


This document identifies common themes and trends in domestic homicide and recommends how local areas can use this information to prevent domestic abuse.

Preventing Domestic Violence and Abuse: Common Themes and Lessons Learned from West Midlands' DHRs

Dr Lucy Neville et al.


This research provides a collation of the key learnings from 13 DHRs completed or underway across the West Midlands area.

Liaison and information exchange when criminal proceedings coincide with Chapter Four Serious Case Reviews or Welsh Child Practice Reviews



A Guide for the Police, Crown Prosecution Service and Local Safeguarding Children Boards.

The Domestic Violence Fatality Review: Can It Mobilize Community-Level Change?

Heather L. Storer, Taryn Lindhorst and Kelly Starr


This research evaluated whether the recommendations made by one state-level Domestic Violence Fatality Reviews had an effect on community and organisational priorities and practices. 

The Dangers of Dangerousness Assessment

Evan Stark


Evan Stark casts a critical eye to the widely accepted procedure called Dangerousness Assessment. He discusses the rationales for using the methodology, which may be of critical value in some cases but misses the bigger picture as far as the kinds of abuse most victims suffer on a daily basis.

Review into the Needs of Families Bereaved by Homicide

Louise Casey CB


This report sets out the findings of a review by the Victims' Commissioner's office that gathered demographic information on the families being supported by the Homicide Service.

Meeting the Needs of Families Bereaved by Homicide

Louise Casey CB


This paper supplements the Victim’s Commissioners earlier report and considers, in more detail, the services that are valiantly trying to respond to these overwhelming levels of need.

Domestic Fatalities: The Impact on Remaining Family Members

Marilyn Armour


This article highlights what is known about the survivors of domestic homicide, including developmental issues for children, the myriad of complex loyalty binds, help-seeking behaviours, and the unrelenting conditions that bar resolution. 

Traumatic Loss in a One-Year-Old Girl

Theodore Gaensbauer et al.


Presenting the case of a girl who, at the age of 1 year, witnessed her mother's violent death. She was first seen by a child psychiatrist at age 4 years and has remained symptomatic for more than 5 years after the traumatic event.


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