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Report Into Domestic Homicide Criticises Agencies

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8:36am 22nd October 2014

An independent review into the death of a Dorset man killed by his adult son has criticised a lack of communication between agencies.

The son was found guilty of the murder in 2011 and detained under the mental health act in January 2013.

The report has been published by Dorset Community Safety Partnership.

The independent review was commissioned in line with Home Office guidance to identify what can be learned from the circumstances of his death.

It says many lessons need to be learned from this case and that the agencies involved with this family needed to agree and recognise what's classed as domestic violence.

Chair of the Dorset Community Safety Partnership Cllr Ray Nottage said:

"This was a very tragic case and I'd like to offer our sincere condolences to the family. Although such cases are very rare the review, which examines the circumstances of this case and agencies involvement with the family, allows us to look at how organisations work together to tackle domestic abuse. From the very start we have been determined to learn from this and have addressed each and every recommendation made in the report.

"We want to create safer communities, so it is vital that victims of domestic abuse, their friends, family and the wider community report abuse to the police, GP or other local support agency. We have a dedicated website where you can find out more about domestic violence and access information around support services available to victims: www.dorsetforyou.com/dvahelp."

The full report is available at: www.dorsetforyou.com/domestic-homicide-reviews

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