Holly Clegg appears on a high-profile InquestPark Square Barristers
The inquest was held at Hull Coroner’s Court over a period of 6 days into the death of a 34 year old lady from Beverley. She was tragically found dead in her home by her family on the 2nd of February 2018.
The Inquest heard that she had complex health needs arising out of domestic violence from ex partners. At the time of her death she was receiving assistance from numerous agencies in relation to her vulnerabilities, mental health and alcohol addiction.
The primary cause of her death was found to be hanging, however the Coroner was unable to reach a conclusion of ‘Suicide’ as she could not be satisfied to the required standard in relation to her intention.
The Inquest heard that this was the first case relating to suicide that Humberside Police have referred for a ‘Domestic Homicide Review’. A Domestic Homicide Review is a multi-agency review of the circumstances in which the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by a person to whom they were related or with whom they were, or had been, in an intimate personal relationship, or a member of the same household as themselves.
The Prevention of Future Deaths Report that the Coroner made is not directed at any one agency and is due to be sent to the Minister for Health, the Minister for Justice and the Home Secretary in order to address issues relating to multi-agency information sharing at a much higher level. The report also recommends that a number of improvements and systems relating to the handling of domestic abuse victims that have since been implemented by Humberside Police be considered for roll-out at a national level.
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