Domestic Homicide Reviews were established on a statutory basis under Section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act (2004).
The Tewkesbury Community Safety Partnership has responsibility for Domestic Homicide Reviews within Tewkesbury Borough.
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.
- A member of the same household.
The purpose of the multi-agency review is to ensure that agencies are responding appropriately to victims of domestic violence and to apply any lessons learned through an action plan or recommendations. They are not inquiries into who is culpable; this is for the court or coroner to decide.
- 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.
- Apply those lessons to service responses including changes to policies and procedures as appropriate.
- Prevent domestic violence homicide and improve service responses for all domestic violence victims and their children through improved intra and inter-agency working.
Following the completion of a domestic homicide review, once a report is approved by the Home Office Quality Assurance Group the final, anonymised report will be published.
Domestic homicide review - published November 2015
An independent Domestic Homicide Review commissioned by the Tewkesbury Borough Community Safety Partnership has been published.
It follows the death of 20-year-old Hollie Gazzard from Tewkesbury, and the subsequent conviction and sentencing for murder of her ex-partner, Asher Maslin.
The review, which is the first of its kind published for Gloucestershire, was commissioned in line with Home Office guidance to identify what lessons can be learned where someone has been killed by their current or former partner.