An analysis of minoritisation in domestic homicide reviews in England and Wales

Chantler, Khatidja, Bracewell, Kelly orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-4635-7489, Baker, Victoria, Heyes, Kim, Traynor, Peter and Ward, Megan (2022) An analysis of minoritisation in domestic homicide reviews in England and Wales. Critical Social Policy . 026101832211330. ISSN 0261-0183

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This article considers how minoritisation features in Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) in England and Wales and identifies critical learning in relation to addressing minoritisation. Five themes were identified: i) the invisibility of race, culture and ethnicity; ii) perceptions and experiences of services; iii) use of stereotypes and the culturalisation of domestic violence and abuse (DVA); iv) lack of interpreters; and v) DHR recommendations. Our analysis illustrates that statutory sector services should strengthen their responses to Black and minoritised victims by ensuring proper recording of cultural background is used to inform practice; engage professionally trained interpreters with an awareness of DVA; resist framing DVA as endemic to minoritised cultures; and enhance trust and confidence in public services within minoritised communities. The best examples of DHRs challenged service narratives and usually sought expertise from a specialist Black/minoritised DVA service or community organisation (frequently minoritised women's rights organisations).

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