Domestic abuse

Bolton has adopted the national definition of Domestic Abuse and Violence (DAV) which covers:

'Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over, who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

This also includes so called honour based violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

Report Abuse

If you are in immediate danger, phone 999, or get someone else to phone, an state whether you need the police, ambulance or fire service. Move to a safe place, avoiding kitchens or stairs, and stay near a door for a quick escape. If in doubt, get out.

If the situation is not an emergency, but you still need the police, call 101.

What happens when someone dies as a result of domestic violence

When someone dies as a result of domestic violence a Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) has to be carried out.  DHRs are established on a statutory basis under Section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Adults Act (2004).

Bolton Community Safety Partnership has the responsibility for establishing Domestic Homicide Reviews within Bolton.

DHRs try to ensure that public bodies like social services, councils, police and other community based organisations understand what happened that led to the death but they are not inquiries into how the victim died nor are they conducted to find out who is to blame. The purpose of a Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) is to understand whether there are any lessons to be learned and to make recommendations to prevent future homicides.

The Home Office has published guidance which sets out the circumstances under which a Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) should be carried out and how professionals should do it.

The documents below relate to a Domestic Homicide Review carried out by Be Safe Bolton Partnership in the case of Mohammadi and Ahmedi (not the real names of the persons involved). Documents relating to the 'Adult A Domestic Homicide Review can be accessed via the downloads tab above.

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