Safer Wolverhampton Partnership publishes Domestic Homicide Review
The findings of an independent domestic homicide review into the death of a 36-year old Iranian Kurdish woman has been published by the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership today (Thursday October 3, 2013).
The woman was stabbed to death on December 29, 2011 by her mentally ill husband in front of their 12-year-old child at the family home in Whitmore Reans. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
The review was commissioned by the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership in line with Home Office guidance to identify what can be learned from the circumstances leading to her death.
In a statement, the Chair of Safer Wolverhampton Partnership Simon Warren said:
“We would like to express our deep sorrow and regret that a young mother should die in such shocking circumstances. We want to take this opportunity to express our condolences to her family.
“The commissioning of this independent review, which examines the circumstances of this very tragic case in forensic detail, is a mark of our determination to learn from our involvement in the lives of these vulnerable family members. It also underlines the seriousness of Wolverhampton’s commitment to addressing domestic violence.
“The 123-page review is published today for all to consider the events leading up to the woman’s violent death. It makes important and challenging reading for the agencies concerned. It is clear that all three members of this family were vulnerable people, living in a foreign country, removed from close relatives and without a good command of the English language.
“Such circumstances would challenge the most resilient of families, let alone one where an adult member suffered from mental illness.
“It is the review’s conclusions that give us most pause for thought: her death was preventable and a serious injury or harm to either her or her child was predictable.
“The Partnership fully accepts both the findings and the recommendations of this review. Since the tragic events of 2011, all agencies have worked tirelessly to address the individual and collective shortcomings of our policies, procedures and practices.
“Our response to the findings has been thorough and throughout the review process, the Partnership has been strengthened considerably. Our commitment to acting upon the 24 recommendations in this report signals that Wolverhampton takes domestic violence very seriously indeed.
“I also want to take this opportunity to appeal to victims of domestic violence, their friends, family and the wider community: report abuse to the Police or other agencies. We will do our best to protect you.”
Links to the full report, executive summary and feedback from the Home Office can be found below.