Domestic homicide reviews: consultation analysis

We undertook a period of consultation and targeted engagement to inform the development of a Domestic Homicide Review model for Scotland. Those with lived experience of domestic abuse and those working in the field shared their views on fundamental aspects of the model.


1. Section 1 of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 defines the offence of abusive behaviour towards partner or ex-partner.

2. Of the 17 jurisdictions covered in the International Comparator Report, all include intimate partner homicide.

3. Please see the ‘child aggravator’ provisions included in the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018

4. Mota-Rojas D, Monsalve S, Lezama-García K, Mora-Medina P, Domínguez-Oliva A, Ramírez-Necoechea R, Garcia RCM. Animal Abuse as an Indicator of Domestic Violence: One Health, One Welfare Approach. Animals (Basel). 2022 Apr 10. (Available on the National Library of Medicine website)

5. Jade’s Law (October 2023):The Victims and Prisoners Bill is to be amended so parents who kill a partner or ex-partner with whom they have children will automatically have their parental responsibility suspended upon sentencing. Applicable in England and Wales.

6. Section 11 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 details the court orders relating to parental responsibilities.

7. Two organisations submitted two responses to the consultation but are mentioned once in the table.

8. Some organisations facilitated multiple sessions but are only represented once in this list.



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