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Domestic Homicide Review - Published 26 September 2017

Safer Sandwell Partnership logoThe Safer Sandwell Partnership Local Police and Crime Board published a domestic homicide review on Tuesday 26 September 2017.

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 Richard Baker, chair of the Safer Sandwell Partnership, said: "Firstly, our thoughts and condolences are with the family of the young woman who was tragically murdered by her ex-partner.

"In line with Home Office guidance, we commissioned an independent review into this case to establish what lessons could be learned regarding how local professionals and organisations work individually and together to safeguard victims.

"This review highlighted missed opportunities and a number of areas where partnership agencies could have better supported this young woman and her family.

"The Partnership Board has implemented all of the review's recommendations, which have helped agencies improve services and remedy issues found during this review."

Action taken since this case includes:

  • Setting up a more co-ordinated approach to support victims and their families, prevent repeat victimisation and deal effectively with perpetrators;
  • Putting the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) in charge of screening of domestic abuse cases involving children, to make sure cases are referred to the right services in a timely manner;
  • Strengthening the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) to help protect high-risk victims and better address offending;
  • Providing training to hundreds of frontline staff across different agencies on how to spot and respond to domestic violence and abuse; and
  • Supporting the development of West Midlands Domestic Violence and Abuse Standards to improve services across the region.

Chief Superintendent Baker added: "As organisations, we continue to work together through the Safer Sandwell Partnership and across the West Midlands to do everything within our power to prevent such tragedies happening in the future.

"We are committed to giving victims of domestic violence and abuse the confidence to seek the support they need and providing services to manage perpetrators effectively and help change their behaviour.

"We thank everyone who has contributed to this review and helped improve ways of working following this tragic case.”

You can read a summary report and key learning points arising from this review.

The Partnership has respected the family’s expressed wishes to only publish the executive summary of this review. This summary includes all the key findings and recommendations arising from the review. The family has requested no media contact.

If you’re experiencing domestic abuse and need help, call Black Country 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.