A domestic homicide review (DHR) is a multi-agency 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 either:

  1. a person to whom s/he was related or with whom s/he was or had been in an intimate personal relationship
  2. a member of the same household as her/himself.

They are held to identify lessons to be learnt from the death.

DHRs can also be held where a person took their own life (suicide) and the circumstances give rise to concern. For example, it emerges that there was coercive controlling behaviour in the relationship.

Domestic homicide reports



East Hertfordshire

North Hertfordshire





Welwyn Hatfield

Out of county – Bournemouth


Professional guidance and support

Guide to undertaking DHRs in Hertfordshire (PDF, 58kb)

Overview guide for undertaking DHRs in Herts (PDF, 149kb)

Home Office guidance on domestic homicide reviews – includes leaflets for review panels, statutory guidance, an equality impact assessment and lessons learned guidance.

Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse – help for families and support for professionals and peers.