Myrna Dawson, Domestic Homicides and Death Reviews: An International Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Domestic/family violence death reviews (D/FVDRs) are a relatively new prevention initiative that have developed internationally during the past couple decades. While these initiatives have been developed in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, there is limited research comparing the various models, methods and practices that have developed in each of the countries where the initiatives operate. As such, the edited collection, Domestic Homicides and Death Reviews: An International Perspective, edited by Myrna Dawson (University of Guelph, Canada), provides crucial insights from international experts on the development, functions, impacts and implications of domestic homicide death review committees. Divided into two sections, the collection begins by comparing and highlighting the current state of D/FVDRs in the five countries where they currently operate. The first section introduces readers to the review processes in each country contributing to a better understanding of similarities and differences in the formation, review processes, and outcomes in each jurisdiction. In the second section, the focus shifts to the benefits and challenges that have emerged or have been identified as D/FVDRs have evolved internationally over time including how to define domestic homicide, ethical issues, the role played by surviving family members, implications for Indigenous communities, responding to domestic violence related child homicides, and the potential for policy transfer to other countries. Domestic Homicides and Death Reviews: An International Perspective addresses the gap in knowledge on the work of domestic violence death review initiatives by discussing international death review models and the various challenges they face which allows this text to serve as a resource for both academics and policy markers.

About the Author
Myrna Dawson is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy in Criminal Justice, Director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence (, University of Guelph. She is also Co-Director of the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative ( and Project Lead on the recently-launched Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability. She has spent the past 20 years researching social and legal responses to violence with particular emphasis on violence against women and femicide.