Key Findings from the Analysis of Domestic Homicide Reviews

Thursday 4th August 2022, 1.00-2.30pm

The analysis of 124 domestic homicide reviews which went through the Home Office quality assurance process between October 2019 & the end of September 2020* is important reading for anyone whose work is concerned with domestic abuse.

We now know that domestic homicides didn’t appear to increase dramatically during the pandemic, but that lockdown acted as an ‘escalator and intensifier of existing abuse’ in some instances, with victims less able to seek help due to Covid restrictions. **  

So the period covered by the analysis undertaken over the 12 month period from October 2019 may well show similarities with the snapshot of time spent under covid restrictions. In particular, the links that can be made between coercive & controlling behaviour & higher risk of homicide are important to consider.

How can we understand victims & perpetrators & what was impacting them? What were the emerging themes? What recommendations resulted? 

For busy professionals, making the time and space to dissect and ask questions about this analysis will bring you up to speed, all in one workshop. Importantly, understanding these elements allows us all to increase our potential to strengthen & reinforce the power of sector led improvement.

For this virtual training opportunity, I am joined by Gaynor Mears, Independent Consultant who was involved in compiling the analysis.

I am Donna Ohdedar, & I support review commissioners, participants, quality assurance professionals & reviewers to improve the quality of reviews. I want to share a live conversation I will be having with Gaynor where we will respond to questions from you, the live audience.

You are invited to this free live podcast workshop designed for those involved in Domestic Homicide Reviews. However, the themes discussed may be of interest to those involved in Safeguarding Adults Reviews & Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews.

Join us for 90 minutes of discussion plus Q & A, where we will share our thoughts & invite questions from you, the audience. Our aim is to shed light on the situations we encounter in reviews just like the ones you contribute to, read, quality assure or write.

Click here to join.

*James-Hanman OBE, Kerss, Mears OBE, Home Office, March 2022

**National Police Chiefs Council & College of Policing, 2021

Donna Ohdedar, Head of SILP

Donna has 16 years public sector experience, including her last role as Head of Law for a leading metropolitan authority. Now a safeguarding adviser & trainer, Donna is involved in serious case reviews in both children’s and adults’ safeguarding, domestic homicide and is a SILP Reviewer and Mentor. Donna offers ‘SILP School’ her university accredited training course, CPD for reviewers & a free online network for leaders in review practice. Click here to join. Click here to hear the latest episode of the Safeguarding & Domestic Abuse Sector podcast.

Gaynor Mears OBE, MA, BA (Hons), AASW, Dip SW


Gaynor is a qualified social worker with extensive experience of working in the domestic abuse field both in practice and strategically, including roles across a wide variety of partnerships and agencies, both in the statutory and voluntary sector. Gaynor has also worked for Government Office & the Home Office. Since Gaynor became an independent consultant she has undertaken research and evaluations into domestic abuse services, persistent domestic abuse offenders, and best practice. Since DHRs were introduced in 2011 she has undertaken a large number of reviews. She has also served as a trustee of a charity delivering community perpetrator programmes.

The Learning Experience

This free live workshop will take place as a virtual discussion for you to join with ‘video on’. We are taking your questions on the day. Please let us have your questions here by midday Tuesday 2nd August. Afterwards we will send the recording to our editor to publish as an episode of the Safeguarding & Domestic Abuse Sector podcast [click here for more details].

You can choose whether your question will be included in the podcast episode after the event.

Are you ready to learn & reflect with us? You know it will be inspiring & thought provoking. Our aim is to support the learning & improvement community to unlock positive changes in their next review.









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