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Domestic Homicide Review - Published 9 March 2015

Safer Sandwell Partnership logoThe Safer Sandwell Partnership published a domestic homicide review on Monday 9 March 2015.

The Home Office asks us to publish independent reviews into deaths of adults which have resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by a relation, partner or member of the same household.

Chief Superintendent Matt Ward, vice chair of the Safer Sandwell Partnership, said: "This is a tragic case which devastated two families. It involved a man who killed his mother and one of her neighbours.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with both families as we publish this review. We thank everyone who has contributed to it.

"We commissioned an independent review to identify what lessons could be learned from the case, in line with Home Office domestic homicide review guidance.

“The report says there is nothing to suggest agencies could have predicted or prevented the tragedy. There is no suggestion of a motive and no prior warning.

“Partnership agencies had very limited knowledge of and involvement with the family before this incident, which seems to have come ‘out of the blue’.

"The Partnership Board has accepted and implemented the independent panel's one recommendation around improving future working.

"We continue to work together as agencies to ensure measures are in place to do all we possibly can to prevent domestic abuse, and give victims of violence and abuse the confidence to seek the support they need.”

You can read the executive summary and the full overview report arising from this review.

If you’re experiencing domestic abuse and need help, call Sandwell Women's Aid 0121 552 6448 or the free 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247. In an emergency always call 999.

For more domestic abuse services, visit our domestic abuse webpage.