DART training

We will be offering DART training sessions at the University of Gloucestershire over the next few weeks! The sessions last 4 hours and focus on coercive control, stalking and Intimate Partner Homicide. We will cover risk assessment, the journey to homicide, and best use of Dart. The sessions are suitable for professionals from any agency... Continue Reading →


The Homicide Research Group started two new projects this week. First we have partnered with the Hollie Gazzard Trust to begin research into the problems experienced by women who have to work in close physical contact with people who may concern them. Hairdressers, personal trainers and waitresses for example may find themselves harassed and in... Continue Reading →


Domestic Homicide Reviews were introduced as part of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004, and made statutory in 2011. They review the events leading up to any domestic homicide and make recommendations with a view to improving professional practice and preventing future homicide. I have chaired a number of reviews, which has been... Continue Reading →


Today we have taken on the review of a stalking homicide which happened a number of years ago. We aim to gather data to enable us to analyse what happened, and whether current knowledge and practices would potentially have revealed the danger this victim was in. We are talking to family members and looking at... Continue Reading →


Research is increasingly establishing the link between control and serious harm or homicide. People who employ controlling tactics in their relationships to subjugate the will and choices of their partner, are significantly more likely to resist separation. It is this aspect to domestic abuse which creates the risk of serious harm or homicide to partners... Continue Reading →


Intimate partner homicide is more common than even the statistics suggest. We need to start taking it much more seriously. The homicide timeline based on research into many cases reveals the determined nature of the killers. They don’t just snap - they plan. The research is alarming. Timeline will be on this site as soon... Continue Reading →


New reforms which change the presumption of child contact came into force this week. Judges must now consider whether contact would put the mother or child at risk where there is domestic abuse or violence. The most dangerous characteristic in any domestic abuse is coercive control; it is more predictive of serious harm than violence alone.... Continue Reading →

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