Justice Plan 2021 commits to publishing the independent research study on Familicide and Domestic Homicide Reviews and to outlining the next steps. This work is an important part of our plan to build a justice system that works for everyone. I expect to receive the report of the study in the coming weeks and will subsequently publish it.
This independent study commissioned by my Department is looking at international best practice in the conduct of domestic homicide reviews with a view to making recommendations in relation to their application in this jurisdiction. The study will be a key facet in delivering on this commitment.
Ms Maura Butler, who is a solicitor and has been a member of the Study’s Advisory Group since its establishment, agreed to take responsibility for leading completion of the study, following the sad and untimely death of Norah Gibbons, who was previously responsible. I would emphasise the importance of recognising that the Advisory Group and their work is independent, and my Department is not involved in the work of the study nor is it a member of the Advisory Group.
I look forward to examining the report in detail and I will consider any recommendations made as a priority.