Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) were introduced on 13 April 2011 as part of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004.
They consider the circumstances leading to the death of a person as a result of a domestic violence incident and identify where lessons could be learned and responses to the situation could have been improved. They are on top of inquests and any other inquiry being carried out into the death.
Members of a variety of public bodies are brought together to carry out the DHR including councils, police, the NHS and other community based organisations. Officials who have been directly involved in the case can not take part in the review.
The review team will consider what happened and what could have been done differently but will not seek to blame any individual or organisation. They will also recommend actions to be taken to improve responses to domestic violence situations in the future.
The findings are then published by Community Safety Partnerships which are legally responsible for overseeing DHRs.
The findings and recommendations of completed DHRs in the South Worcestershire area are available to view below.