Powys Community Safety Partnership

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Community Safety Partnerships were formed following the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 which made it a statutory duty for each local authority area to have a Community Safety Partnership.

Domestic homicide review

Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) are required by law and are the responsibility of the Community Safety Partnership (CSP).

The purpose of a DHR is to consider the circumstances that led to the domestic violence homicide so that public bodies, community and voluntary sector organisations can identify where responses to the situation could have been improved.

DHRs do not seek to lay blame but consider what happened and what could have been done differently.

DHRs do not replace but are in addition to any inquest or other form of inquiry into the homicide.

Once reviews are complete and agreed by the Home Office they are published and available online.

The purpose of a DHR is to:

a) Establish what lessons can be learned from the domestic homicide regarding the way in which local professionals and organisations work individually and together to safeguard victims

b) Identify clearly what those lessons are both within and between agencies, how and within what timescales they will be acted on, and what is expected to change as a result

c) Apply these lessons to service responses including changes to inform national and local policies and procedures as appropriate

d) Prevent domestic violence and homicide and improve service responses for all domestic violence and abuse victims and their children by developing a co-ordinated multi-agency approach to ensure that domestic abuse is identified and responded to effectively at the earliest opportunity

e) Contribute to a better understanding of the nature of domestic violence and abuse

f) Highlight good practice

When a domestic homicide occurs, the relevant police force informs the relevant Community Safety Partnership (CSP) in writing of the incident.

Overall responsibility for establishing a review rests with the local CSP as they are ideally placed to initiate a DHR and review panel. 

Completed reviews in Powys can be found below:

Domestic Homicide Review Executive Summary - Report into the death of ‘Lesley’

Domestic Homicide Review Overview Report - Report into the death of ‘Lesley’

Any further reviews will be published once completed.

Statutory Duties

Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 imposes a duty on the responsible authorities to:

‘Without prejudice to any other obligation imposed upon it… exercise its functions with due regard to…the need to do all it reasonably can to prevent crime and disorder in its area.’

A diverse range of local authority functions and statutory services are subject to Section 17 e.g:

Crime & Disorder
Road Safety
Substance Misuse
Reduce Re-offending

Central & Welsh Government

Central & Welsh Government work streams:

CONTEST - reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence.

Serious & Organised Crime - costs the United Kingdom at least £24 billion a year.  In October 2013 the Government’s Serious and Organised Crime Strategy was launched. 

Integrated Offender Management (IOM) is an overarching approach aimed at the management of priority groups of high risk offenders.

Community Cohesion - The Welsh Government published the National Community Cohesion Delivery Plan 2014-16, in June 2014, to continue to strengthen, mainstream and sustain both local and regional community cohesion approaches.