Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC - formerly IPCC)
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Comment from IPCC Commissioner on the introduction of Domestic Violence Homicide Reviews

Commenting on the introduction of Domestic Violence Homicide Reviews IPCC Commissioner Amerdeep Somal, who leads the Commission’s work on Domestic Violence and sits on the Home Office’s Domestic Violence Homicide Review Steering Group, said:

"It is sadly the case that many domestic violence murders are in some way or other entirely predictable. The introduction of the Domestic Violence Homicide Reviews is another positive step in reducing the number of people who needlessly die. As an organisation the IPCC has investigated too many instances where warnings have not been sufficiently acted upon and we have consistently challenged the police to improve how they perform. However, it is not just the police who have a role to play in ensuring the safety of those who are abused within their own homes. I believe these reviews will encourage organisations from across the network of agencies who are involved in tackling domestic violence and supporting victims of domestic violence to learn from one another and provide a better service to those who need it in their hour of need.

"I would also like to pay tribute to the dedication of Frank Mullane who following the tragic murder of his sister and nephew has worked tirelessly to ensure their deaths were not in vain; hopefully his work will mean fewer families will suffer similar tragedies. Sadly, every case has a human tragedy behind it and it is crucial that families who often have unique insight into a relationship, have a voice and this process will enable them to be heard.”

 

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