Domestic Homicides and Death Reviews - United Kingdom

Joanne Payton, Amanda Robinson, Fiona Brookman

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In 2003, Julia Pemberton and her son, William, were murdered by her estranged husband. This crime revealed a disturbing lack of preparedness on the part of the police and resulted in sustained campaigning for accountability on the part of Julia’s family. This case, which will be discussed in more detail later in this chapter, formed the main stimulus for the adoption of Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) within the United Kingdom. In this chapter, we provide an overview of the prevalence and nature of domestic homicide in the United Kingdom, and the systems in place to respond to domestic abuse. We also explore the development and operation of DHRs, including a summary of emergent themes, and conclude by sketching potential directions for their improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDomestic Homicide and Death Reviews
Subtitle of host publication An International Perspective
EditorsMyrna Dawson
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-56276-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-56275-3
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2017


  • domestic homicides
  • domestic violence and abuse
  • domestic (partner) homicide
  • Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs)
  • United Kingdom
  • Police response
  • Police Accountability
  • Death Reviews
  • serious case reviews


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