By Jane Monckton-Smith
A surprising examine how the belief of romantic love can justify and excuse the killing of ladies by means of their companions, and result in sympathy and decreased sentences for the killers. the writer explores how tales of family murder are advised within the information, through the police, and within the courts, drawing from seventy two circumstances which happened over a twelve month interval.
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Domestic homicide reviews In the United Kingdom the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004, as noted, was hailed as the biggest overhaul of domestic violence law in 30 years (Home Ofﬁce 2009a) and amongst other things recommended statutory multi-agency domestic homicide reviews (DHRs) to examine the antecedents and characteristics of all intimate partner homicides to identify lessons which could be learned to prevent future homicides (Richards 2006). According to Harriet Harman these reviews were to be implemented as a result of the failing coroner’s system (Atkinson 2006); they were implemented on 13 April 2011.
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