Do you want to talk to someone about domestic abuse?
Contact the Somerset Domestic Abuse Support helpline: 0800 69 49 999

Or email the Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse Service
General Enquiries: heretohelp@knightstone.co.uk Referrals: here.tohelp@knightstone.cjsm.net

Opening Hours - 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday/Sunday. 

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please always call the Police on 999.

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Domestic Homicide Reviews

Since 2011, the Safer Somerset Partnership has had a responsibility for undertaking Domestic Homicide Reviews where the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by a relative, household member or someone s/he had been in an intimate relationship with.
 
The purpose of a domestic homicide review is to consider the circumstances that led to the death and identify where responses to the situation could be improved in the future, or where there is best practice that can be shared.  In doing this, professionals and agencies involved, such as the police, local authorities, health agencies/professionals, voluntary sector will progress any recommendations made by the review.
 
A multi-agency review panel is established for each review, and comprises members of local statutory and voluntary agencies, and is led by an independent chair.
 
A domestic homicide review is not an inquiry into how someone died or who is to blame, and it's not part of any disciplinary process.  They do not replace, but are in addition to, an inquest or any other form of inquiry into the death.
 
The aim of domestic homicide reviews is for agencies to improve their responses to domestic abuse and work better together to prevent such tragedies occuring in future.
 
The Safer Somerset Partnership will publish the reports of any local domestic homicide reviews onto this page. In accordance with the statutory guidance, the reports have been anonymised in order to help protect the identity of the individuals subject to the review.  In Somerset we give a number to each notification of a possible domestic homicide, even where it does not lead to a full review - this is why some numbers may appear to be 'missing' in the list of reports below.
 
Please also find below the statutory guidance published by the Home Office for the conduct of these reviews.

Multi-Agency Statutory Guidance for the Conduct of Domestic Homicide Reviews

Somerset DHR 003


Somerset DHR 005


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