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Making connections: a multi-disciplinary analysis of domestic homicide, mental health homicide and adult practice reviews

Robinson, Amanda, Rees, Alyson and Dehaghani, Roxanna 2019. Making connections: a multi-disciplinary analysis of domestic homicide, mental health homicide and adult practice reviews. Journal of Adult Protection 21 (1) , pp. 16-26. 10.1108/JAP-07-2018-0015

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to ‘read across’ across a sample of domestic homicide, mental health homicide and adult practice reviews to identify the cross-cutting themes. Design/method: The study involved a qualitative comparative analysis of 20 Welsh reviews (10 Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs), 6 Adult Practice Reviews (APRs) and 4 Mental Health Homicide Reviews MHHRs). Each review was triple coded by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers (representing criminology, social work and law). Findings: Five overarching themes were identified from this diverse sample of cases: (i) crossing boundaries, including transitions between services and geographical boundaries, (ii) hoodwinking, where there was manipulation of the presentation of self, (iii) faulty assessment, which was not always holistic and only based on certain aspects of behaviour, (iv) tunnel vision resulting from the initial underpinning narrative rarely being challenged, (v) knowledge, with certain types being privileged over others, especially professional over that of families and para professionals. Implications – research: Further research into death reviews should adopt a comparative, multi-disciplinary approach. Implications – policy/practice: The research highlights the possibility for duplication across the different types of reviews. Further, it suggests that review processes could be streamlined. Originality/ value: Five cross-cutting themes have been developed through the very first study ‘reading across’ three types of reviews (DHRs, APRs, and MHHRs). Findings suggest the need for streamlining review processes and highlight the importance of adopting a multi-disciplinary perspective when researching death reviews. Keywords: Homicide; vulnerability; domestic violence; adult safeguarding; vulnerable adults; mental health

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Law
Crime and Security Research Institute (CSURI)
Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
K Law > KD England and Wales
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1466-8203
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 October 2018
Date of Acceptance: 30 October 2018
Last Modified: 24 May 2019 15:18
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/115506

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