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 →


From next week we will be publishing a news page within the DART app. We will update this page regularly with media stories and comment, news on campaigns, new research, and relevant information related to homicide, stalking and coercive control. We will send a notification to all DART users when the news page is updated.... Continue Reading →


The Centre for Learning and Innovation in Public Protection will formally launch this year at the University of Gloucestershire. We are partnering with the Conference on Coercive Control (@cccburysted) to hold an event which will show some of the key innovations and latest thinking in responding to coercive control, stalking, and domestic homicide. The event... Continue Reading →

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