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Protecting Vulnerable People From Harm

We aim to significantly reduce the number of repeat victims and serial perpetrators of domestic abuse through early intervention and ensuring that more invisible victims are identified and offered support.

We are working with Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership to raise awareness with staff and partners of what county lines is (where a young person is targeted by an organised crime gang in order to help the get a foothold in another area), what to look for and where to report concerns and intelligence.

We are also working with the Safeguarding Adults Board to raise awareness of modern slavery. The Safeguarding Adults Board has developed a Modern Slavery Charter which focuses upon three key aims of prevention, protection and partnership working.

Making sure the appropriate agencies disrupt the organised criminal gangs involved in this activity effectively and ensuring partners understand the nature of this harm to enable practitioners to recognise its signs and respond appropriately so that potential victims get the support and help that they need.

Domestic Homicide Reviews

Domestic Homicide Reviews were established on a statutory basis under Section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act (2004). 

The Safe Durham Partnership have responsibility for Domestic Homicide Reviews within County Durham. Published reviews appear at the bottom of this page.

Definition and Purpose of a Domestic Homicide Review

Domestic Homicide Reviews are carried out to ensure that lessons are learnt when a person has been killed as a result of domestic violence. The Home Office multi-agency statutory guidance defines a Domestic Homicide Review as a review of the circumstances in which the death of a person aged 16 or over, has or appears to have resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by:

  • a person whom he/she was related or had been in an intimate personal relationship, or
  • a member of the same household

The purpose of a Domestic Homicide Review is to:

  1. Establish what lessons are to be learned from the domestic homicide regarding the way in which local professionals and organisations work individually and together to safeguard victims
  2. Identify clearly what those lessons are both within and between agencies, how and within what timescales they will be acted on, and what is expected to change as a result
  3. Apply those lessons to service responses including changes to policies and procedures as appropriate
  4. Prevent domestic violence homicide and improve service responses for all domestic violence victims and their children through improved intra and inter-agency working

The Safe Durham Partnership have developed and adopted a local procedure for the conduct of Domestic Homicide Reviews, this is provided below.

The procedure identifies that once a Domestic Homicide Review is approved by the Home Office Quality Assurance Group a final, anonymised report will be published. 

Domestic Homicide Reviews conducted and completed by the Safe Durham Partnership are published below.

A leaflet for families is also available and should be used as a source of information for families when considering whether to contribute into a Domestic Homicide Review.

Published reviews

Domestic Homicide Review (ref. 003) published 10th September 2015

Domestic Homicide Review (ref. 002) published 28 April 2015

Domestic Homicide review (ref. 007) published 19 January 2015

Domestic Homicide Review (ref. 006) published 2 September 2014

Domestic Homicide Review (ref. 001) published 2 September 2014

Domestic Homicide Review (ref. 005) published 8 August 2014

Domestic Homicide Review (ref. 004) published 1 November 2013