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Domestic homicide review published

Posted on Friday 25th August 2017
One Newport, the city’s public services board, has published its first domestic homicide review (DHR), following the death of a young woman in 2014.

The 21-year-old, identified in the report as Adult A, was murdered by her boyfriend, Adult B, who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for the crime.

DHRs are required by law and for Newport this is the responsibility of the One Newport partnership. It commissioned the independent review by Tony Blockley and has been published after being agreed by the Home Office.

A DHR considers the circumstances that led to the death of a person aged 16 or over from the violence, abuse or neglect by a relation, partner or ex-partner or a member of the same household.

It enables public bodies, and relevant community and voluntary sector organisations to identify where responses to the situation could have been improved.In this case Adult A was a vulnerable adult who had been in a relationship with Adult B for only three months when the tragedy occurred.

While the report said nothing had come to light during the review to suggest the death of Adult A could have been predicted or prevented, recommendations were made for improvements both nationally and at a local level.

Supt Matthew Williams, the Safe and Cohesive Lead for One Newport, said: “All of us involved in the One Newport partnership would like to express our sympathy for the family of this young woman whose life was cut short so brutally.

“Domestic homicide reviews are important because by highlighting where public bodies can improve their responses, we can try and prevent similar tragedies in future. We all take the recommendations very seriously and have ensured they are acted upon.”

A copy of the review can be found at http://onenewportlsb.newport.gov.uk/oneNewport/Single-Integrated-Plan/Safe-and-Cohesive-Communities.aspx

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